ArchiCentre’s S11 house wins Asean energy award

KUALA LUMPUR: The S11 house by ArchiCentre Sdn Bhd recently won an award in the Tropical Building Category of the  Asean Energy Awards 2013.

S11 is Malaysia’s first Green Building Index Platinum (design assessment)-rated house that was planned and conceptualised along the lines of a large canopy tree.

ArchiCentre director and founder Dr Tan Loke Mun received the award from Dr Ith Praing, secretary of state of Cambodia’s ministry of industry, mines and energy at the 31st Asean energy ministers meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

All existing trees on the land, including the frangipanis, star fruit and coconut palm trees, have been retained while the house is built in their midst.

The house is equipped with a 5KW peak photovoltaic installation on the roof while rainwater is collected on the canopy roof drains and is stored in the rainwater harvesting tanks. Water features and the pool are located at the two extreme north-south ends to provide evaporative cooling for the house.

A composting yard treats all the household organic and garden wastes and provides high-grade compost fertiliser for the vegetable and fruit gardens.

It has an overall roof U value of 0.14. The glazing roof comprises 9.38mm thick low-E safety laminated glass which can be opened up to 90%. The overall building envelope’s overall thermal transfer value is 29.63.

The S11 house has been shortlisted for the prestigious World Architecture Festival Award (WAF Awards 2013) for the House Category, which will be held from Oct 2 to 4 in Singapore.

The Asean Energy Awards is an annual competition organised by the Asean Centre for Energy (ACE) since 2000. It was established to recognise outstanding works in  renewable energy and best practices that contribute to energy efficiency in the region.

ACE has received many submissions from Asean countries vying for recognition of their outstanding works in renewable energy and best energy-efficient practices.

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on October 04, 2013.

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