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National Library Wins Award

Jason Lee
Aug 24 2007 (TODAY)

Its efforts in conserving energy have won Singapore's National Library
Building a regional accolade awarded by the Asean Centre for Energy. The
National Library Building - ranked top in the "Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Best Practices Competition for Energy Efficient Buildings:
New and Existing" category - was on a list of more than 20 recipients at
the Asean Energy Awards last night. The event was held with the official
dinner of the 25th Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting.

Through various initiatives - including escalators and water taps with
motion-sensors, use of natural lighting, and gardens - the National
Library Board (NLB) has been taking environmental-friendliness seriously.
And such measures also paid off financially for the NLB, which saves about
10-per-cent on its monthly energy bill, chief executive Dr N Varaprasad
told Today.

Two other organisations here were also recognised for their efforts. The
Environment Building and Plaza Singapura were ranked first and second,
respectively, in the "Retrofitted" category.

The awards, held annually since 2000, seek to recognise the
environment-friendly practices of organisations.

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