As a champion of environmental sustainability, CDL’s success is founded on innovative foresight, fuelled by a vision to conserve as we construct, from as early as two decades ago. In commemoration of CDL’s 50th anniversary, we created and donated two first-of-its kind public green building projects as our gifts to the nation. One of them was the CDL Green Gallery – Singapore’s First Zero Energy Green Gallery. Officially opened in November 2013, it was conceptualised as an extension of the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ (SBG) Heritage Museum on Holttum Lawn. It boasts two innovative sustainable features that have been used for the first time in Singapore – a biomaterial known as Hempcrete, which is thermalefficient as well as pest- and mould-resistant, and a unitised prefabricated modular system that reduces on-site construction time and impact on the natural surroundings. The Gallery has been accorded the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum status – the highest rating for green buildings in Singapore – and is poised to set new benchmarks in environmentally-friendly building solutions.

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