ISB to receive BCA Green Mark Gold award

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

INTERNATIONAL School Brunei (ISB) will be awarded the BCA Green Mark Gold next month, said ISB Executive Principal Dr Seteven P Geraghty in an interview with The Brunei Times.

The award will be awarded to ISB’s new campus in Kg Sg Hanching.

The campus incorporated and fulfilled the requirements of the BCA Green Mark Award where developers and design teams were encouraged to design and offer ideas for green, sustainable environments which promote energy and water saving, healthier indoor environments as well as the adoption of more extensive greenery for their projects.

Singapore’s BCA Green Mark Scheme was launched in January 2005 as an initiative to drive Singapore’s construction industry towards more environmentally friendly buildings.

Singapore’s BCA Green Mark said on its website that the scheme is intended to promote sustainability in the built environment and raise environment awareness among developers, designers and builders when they start project conceptualisation and design, as well as during construction.

“(The school) is designed so that the sun can’t get into classrooms, which means less air conditioning in classrooms. All the air conditioners are also state of the art and eco-friendly,” said Geraghty.

ISB will also be working on new green initiatives such as rain water collection and sustainable energy practices, he added.

The international school also received the gold award for their recycling efforts.

He said that the school had recycled for nine years, and that they will also be setting up a green recycling point so the public can bring their green waste (such as grass, leaves and branches) to be recycled into compost.

The international school has always placed a ‘strong eco focus’ in its curriculum and extracurricular activities.

It was awarded the Green Flag Award in 2012, making it the first school to receive the honour in Southeast Asia.

The Brunei Times