- THE MAGAZINE
SDV announced the official opening of its new warehousing facility in Pioneer Turn. Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, was the Guest-of-Honour. His Excellency, Mr Olivier Caron, Ambassador of France in Singapore also attended the event.
This four-storey ramp-up new facility with nine floors of production and office space, is the first warehouse in Singapore to be Green Mark Platinum certified*. It is also the largest logistics centre in Asia to be under LEED Gold Certification**. A total of S$55 million was invested into this green warehouse which spans an area of 42,000 sq m. This project embodies the values of SAVE PROGRAM (sdv.com/saveprogram) which is SDV’s environmental customer solution to design eco-friendly solutions to reduce CO2 emissions.
Mr Herbert de Saint Simon, CEO of SDV Worldwide, said: “We are pleased that this innovative warehouse has received the highest ‘green certifications’. At the design phase we involved our core customers to define the operational needs specific to their industry, and align our CSR expectations. When we started building this facility, we made sure that the site followed stringent specifications and construction practices. The warehouse structure has been designed to be energy-efficient and waste management systems are in place to ensure that the site is sustainable”.
Mr Yves Laforgue, South East Asia Director of SDV, added: “We have seen spectacular growth from the markets in this region and particularly in the luxury retail industry. This has propelled us to be proactive in developing a new hub which will serve ‘a limited number’ of premium brands in cosmetics and luxury fashion industries with both regional distribution needs and sustainable development strategies. We strongly believe that Singapore is the ideal location to operate a Regional Distribution Centre for Asia Pacific. For the luxury retail industry, this new warehouse is integral to fulfilling our commitment to offer sustainable solutions to these clients with a 20 per cent growth over the next five to six years".
The key features of this green warehouse are:
- Building orientation and design – This is to help on thermal insulation of the building. In addition, the building materials used such as roof panels, double-glazing or composite cladding constituted low thermal transmission.
- Energy efficient – Combining innovative lighting technologies and an efficient air-conditioning plant system.
- Water efficient – Optimising water usage for example, by collecting rainwater and distributing it for plant irrigation and toilet flushing.
- Sustainable site and waste reduction – Recycling of packaging materials in the warehouse. Recharge stations for electric vehicles will be provided at the parking area.
- Building Management System or BMS – Utilising a BMS to control, monitor, and optimise energy usage and green features of the building.
Working environment – Providing a healthy and conducive work environment for employees and customers by promoting natural lighting, planting greenery, and controlling air quality within the building.
* The BCA Green Mark Scheme was launched by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in January 2005 to achieve a sustainably built environment and promoting environmental awareness in the construction and real estate sectors.
** Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is a set of building standards for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.