Education in Motion Receives Green Mark Platinum Zero Energy Certification

We are proud to share that Education in Motion (EiM), our international education parent group, received the award for the Green Mark Platinum Zero Energy certification (GM: 2021) from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) for The Greenhouse, the new building set to open at the start of the new academic year 2023-2024 at Dulwich College (Singapore). The Greenhouse is the first international school building in Singapore to be certified Green Mark Platinum Zero Energy by the BCA; three merit badges for Health and Wellbeing (Hw), Intelligence (In), and Maintainability (Mt) were also awarded. This remarkable achievement underscores the organisation’s unwavering commitment to fostering sustainable practices within the realm of education and further solidifies its position in creating sustainable learning environments. 

The ceremony was held at Dulwich College (Singapore) on Thursday 25 May, where distinguished guests joined us, including Mr Ang Kian Seng, the Group Director of BCA and Ms Tracey Liu, Senior Manager of BCA, along with representatives from the integral teams behind our pioneering new building: DP Architects, DP Sustainable Design, Turner & Townsend, KTP Consultants, Bescon Consulting Engineers and Debenho. The award was received by EiM representatives Mr Fraser White Founder, Chairman and CEO and Ms Karen Yung Co-Founder and CCO. We also had two Senior School Sustainability Ambassadors, Ethan (Year 9) and Raphael (Year 8), who shared a few words about what they are most looking forward to with the forthcoming opening of The Greenhouse.  

The Greenhouse – the new seven-storey state-of-the-art net-zero building completes the final phase in the development of the campus. The striking structure provides additional creative learning spaces, including a 400-seat multi-purpose auditorium, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) workshop to accommodate our SE21 initiative (STEAM and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century), a professional teaching kitchen, film and media suites, three additional black box theatres, IT rooms, another gymnasium and multi-purpose courts and a sports science laboratory. It will also include a vast two-storey IB library, workspaces, study rooms and social areas for our pre-university students.  

The new building will source all its energy from solar panels, maximise natural light and ventilation, reduce water usage through a rainwater harvesting system, and use smart sensors which will be linked to the building management system. With sustainable materials used throughout, it is home to innovative features such as kinetic floor tiles, energy-generating gym equipment, a plastic recycling machine and hydroponics to grow plants and herbs.  

Such an environment exposes our students to the many exciting developments and opportunities in the sustainability field, making our students aware of the local and global efforts being made to solve them, providing them with the necessary skills to thrive in a forever changing world and better understand their place and purpose on this planet.  

In this video log from our Notes From The Greenhouse series, Michael Barry, the Project Lead for the building project, gives us a peek into the remarkable progress of its impressive construction.