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‘Green and Intelligent’ – The New Mantra for Thai Building Design

By on Nov 11, 2015 in Office, Property News



Green and intelligent building is the main concept behind the design of new office, residential and hospitality projects in Thailand, with building owners increasingly committing to an environment-friendly design and construction concept.

A bird’s-eye view of Bangkok, which will have more new green buildings while existing buildings will be renovated to reduce electricity bills and CO2 emissions, as the capital becomes a ‘green city’.

The trend is also one that is expected to enable owners, of office buildings in particular, to recoup their investment within a shorter timescale.

Pearl Bangkok, a newly launched Bt3-billion office building by Pruksa Real Eastate at Soi Aree, Phaholyothin Road, is one such building that will be completed in 2018.

The project is owned by TCT, a firm that is wholly owned by Thongma Vijitphongpun, who is also a major shareholder in Pruksa Real Estate.

“The idea in designing this building is that we want it to be iconic; its shape is that of an oval pearl because we want the building to be a landmark of Bangkok, which is one of the pearl cities of Asia,” Thongma told The Nation.

In line with the goal of giving the city an iconic building, Pearl Bangkok has also been designed under the energy- saving building concept of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED), which is the standard of the US Green Building Council. The company has applied for Gold LEED certification for the building’s core and shell.

Meanwhile, the so-called “Super Tower”, which will be the tallest building in Asean when it is completed in 2019 by Grand Canal Land (G Land), has also been designed as environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

The project – designed by Thai company Architect 49 – has been developed in line with the requirements for Platinum certification of the LEED programme.

Aliwassa Pattanathabut, managing director of CB Richard Ellis (Thailand), said office tenants now increasingly preferred LEED-certified buildings, especially if they have a policy to undertake LEED-certified interior fit-outs, which more companies are doing.

Multinationals such as Citibank, Unilever and L’Oreal have all completed LEED fit-outs in their Bangkok offices, and all new Starbucks stores will have LEED-certified interiors.

Thai companies have also undertaken LEED-certified fit-outs, and Kasikornbank achieved LEED CI v2.0 Gold certification in 2011 for its Phaholyothin headquarters project.

People are most familiar with LEED for New Construction or Core and Shell certification applying to new building projects, the latter being intended for buildings that will be rented to multiple tenants that will conduct their own interior fit-outs.

A number of office buildings with LEED Core and Shell certification already exist in Bangkok. Park Ventures and Energy Complex have achieved LEED Platinum status, and Sathorn Square recently completed AIA Capital Centre have both secured LEED Gold certification, she said.

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Source: The Nation – 11 November 2015

Nora has been in the Corporate Communications arena for a number of years. Nora's role is to communicate all newsworthy items that are of a PR nature.

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