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KBTG Building wins globally-recognized LEED-NC Platinum certification
The KASIKORN BUSINESS-TECHNOLOGY GROUP (KBTG) Building is Thailand’s first financial institution office building to be awarded LEED-NC Platinum certification in the category of new construction or major renovation. Specifically designed as an environment-friendly, energy-efficient building, taking into account users’ quality of life, the building was constructed with architectural design, interior decor and allocation of space under the “KBank Innovation Campus” (KIC) concept. This is to create an agile workplace that can bring about creativity for innovations capable of swiftly satisfying business needs.

Mr. Pornchai Yongnoppakul, Head of Building and Facilities Management Department, said that in September 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the KBTG Building was formally certified as LEED Platinum in the category of new construction or major renovation. The designation is the highest awarded by USGBC under the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) program. The KBTG Building is Thailand’s first large financial institution building to receive this prestigious mark of recognition, reinforcing KBank business operation in alignment with the “Green DNA” resolution, which embraces sustainable development in the economy, society and environment.

The KBTG Building, occupying an area of 12 rai, is located opposite KASIKORNBANK’s Chaeng Watthana Building. The 11-floor building, with reinforced concrete structure and a total floor area of 66,755 square meters, comprises:
- G Floor consisting of 11 common meeting rooms and a 400-seat cafeteria
- 1st – 3rd floor (mezzanine) housing a car park which can accommodate 422 vehicles
- 3rd floor (mezzanine) – 5th floor (mezzanine) housing engineering systems
- 5th floor (mezzanine) – 10th floor which is office space, covering around 25,000 square meters. With a vast space on each floor, two staircases inside the left and right wings of the building connect the 6th to 10th floor and thus facilitate work and contact between officers.
- Work space with a design based on the flexibility concept
- Two recreation areas per floor
- A “creative box” in 2-3 locations per floor
- The 11th - 11M floor has been designated as an innovation center. Covering 7,000 square meters, it comprises an innovation sharing area, a common K-Stadium (with a capacity of 250 persons), eight project rooms (with a capacity of 100-120 persons), a mobile working area of 150 seats, executive office rooms, and a 150-square-meter orchid garden.

Mr. Pornchai said that the KBTG Building is part of KBank’s green building project - an important policy for the construction and innovation of KBank’s main office buildings that recognizes the well-being of users, environmental conservation and energy management, based on three important concepts, as follows:

Agile workplace: The interiors were designed to create an “agile workplace” that inspires creativity, setting the mood for innovations that can swiftly satisfy business requirements. Based on the mobility concept, the workplace serves as a mobile office, whereby staff members can reserve a work space via the Space Registration System. Moreover, the entire premise has an internal Wi-Fi network with a speed of up to 1.3 Gbps. Meeting rooms are equipped with a videoconference system that allows up to 20 meetings to be jointly held among officers at three main office buildings.

Innovation: Creative ideas and innovations were integrated in the interior design. In addition, cutting-edge technologies were utilized to help save energy and enhance building management efficiency. For instance, the K-Stadium amphitheater on the 11th floor is equipped with an advanced audiovisual system. The facility was designed to be “A Powerhouse of Innovation”, or the “Yoke of an Egg”. Moreover, recreation areas and “creative boxes” throughout the premises help stimulate creative ideas.

Green Bank, Green Financing, Green Project: Achieving the Platinum level of LEED standard and building management efficiency is part of our Green DNA resolution that attaches importance to the environment and operational process development. We have also developed environment-friendly products and services that meet the needs of our customers and the general public. This concept was put into practice with the design and construction guidelines of the energy-efficient and green buildings of KBank.

Designed and constructed by KBank and consultant teams in accordance with the aforementioned concepts, the KBTG Building scored 84 out of 110 marks regarding the LEED standard in the new construction or major renovation category for large buildings, prompting the building to be granted the LEED-NC Platinum certification, the highest award level presented to buildings with a score of more than 80 marks.

The score earned by the KBTG Building comprises sub-scores of the following categories:
1. Sustainable Sites: 22 out of 26 marks
2. Water Efficiency: 10 out of 10 marks
3. Energy and Atmosphere: 24 out of 35 marks
4. Materials and Resources: 8 out of 14 marks
5. Indoor Environmental Quality: 11 out of 15 marks
6. Innovation in Design: 5 out of 6 marks
7. Regional Priority: 4 out of 4 marks

Some aspects of the KBTG Building are, in fact, better than the LEED requirements. For example, its water saving exceeds the LEED requirement of 50 percent; the use of recycled materials totals 40 percent of all materials used, versus 20 percent in the LEED standard; and local materials amounted to 70 percent of all materials used, compared to 20 percent in the LEED standard. Special scores were also earned in other aspects. On innovations, a permanent green building exhibition acts not only as a promotional tool for the building, but also an advantage to gain additional marks, while water measuring meters were installed in landscaped areas for efficient water use in all gardens. On pollution prevention during construction processes, measures were enacted to prevent pollution caused at this stage, namely prevention of soil erosion, sediment, dust, etc., to make the building construction friendly to the environment and nearby communities.

Other noteworthy features of the building include 5,800-square-meter green areas which are intended as leisure and exercise zones for staff members. Space has been allocated for bicycle parking and bathrooms with showers, as the Bank is promoting exercise among employees through commuting by bike rather than car, a move that also helps reduce emissions. A rainwater storage system is provided for rainwater collection within the building area, while preventing rainwater from flowing out and contributing to flooding in surrounding communities. Stored rainwater can be used for watering trees to reduce tap water use. Moreover, a 350-kWp rooftop solar system was installed to decrease heat from outside, while generating electricity for internal use and possible sale to the Metropolitan Electricity Authority in the future. The solar rooftop system can generate 448,000 kWh per year, or approximately 9 percent of total annual energy use within the building.

Designed with the “Green Living World” concept, the building fosters creativity through a flexible layout and an open office plan including green space where staff can get together and relax. The building also has “collaboration areas” which include spaces like recreation areas, “creative boxes”, meeting rooms and videoconference rooms. The innovation center is well-designed in its variety and utility, facilitating a teamwork environment. Meanwhile, a host of activities can be organized at the urban plaza and a grandstand with a garden view; both spaces are fitted with electricity and LAN systems connecting the area with staff work stations via the “Flexible Tree”. The décor uses recycled materials, such as rubber tiles, carpeted floor, laminate walls, aluminum composite walls and gypsum boards.

Mr. Pornchai said that the Bank worked with consultant teams from ISET and SGS, led by Dr. Jatuwat Varodompun, in the design and construction of the KBTG Building, which resulted in a successful project that was awarded the LEED-NC Platinum certification. With a strong belief in the “Green DNA” resolution which has been a crucial part of KBank business practice, the Bank has always been convinced that this project – from the policy formulation, design, and construction to the entire engineering systems – would exemplify the green building function. Committed to upgrading its three main buildings with the goal of making them environmentally friendly and energy-saving, focusing chiefly on residents’ quality of life, KBank has been awarded several building certificates over the years.

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