Nanyang Technological University, Academic Building South (NTU ABS) - Education - Singapore, Asia
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Nanyang Technological University, Academic Building South (NTU ABS)

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The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore throws a spot light on what is possible to achieve with sustainable materials and innovative construction methods for their latest campus facility.

The six-storey Academic Building South (ABS) is now the largest timber building in Asia. Understandably for such a large-scale project, the quality of the wood and trust of the partnership were top considerations in selecting Stora Enso to provide 7 700 m³ of sustainable Sylva™ CLT Walls, Floors and Roofs by Stora Enso's mill in Ybbs Austria.

The design brief was to create a world-class large-scale timber building which inspires the human senses and stimulates learning. This incredible timber structure invites you into a creative space for learning with it's exposed structural wood elements.

At NTU, students are encouraged to spend significant portions of their syllabus interacting with professors, other students and industry partners. The design supports this learning model, with each of the 25 classrooms fully equipped with the latest technology to enhance the university's collaborative learning approach.

Shipping the PEFC-certified wood from Stora Enso Ybbs, Austria took 29 shipments in 230 containers from Sep 2019 and June 2021. This only emitted 1 024 tonnes of greenhouse gases (wood is so light to transport, especially by sea). 5 845 tonnes of carbon dioxide (the leading cause of climate change) were removed from the atmosphere when the trees were growing and while stored in the building. It will only take 125 minutes in the Austrian forests to grow back the CLT volume used for this project.

All CLT components were pre-CNC cut, and delivered as walls, floors and stair panels to ease the construction time. At the CLT mill, Stora Enso added larch ply on both faces. The larch for the narrow edges was added in Singapore. Lifting plates were also installed in Singapore. All FINs were pre-coated at the warehouse before installation.