Songdo IBD development in South Korea achieves LEED certification
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Songdo IBD development in South Korea achieves LEED certification

27 Jun 2012

The $35bn Songdo International Business District (IBD) in South Korea has achieved LEED certification for nine buildings for their sustainable design.

The $35bn Songdo International Business District (IBD) in South Korea has achieved LEED certification for their sustainable design of nine buildings.

The latest LEED-certified space represents 13.7 million ft² of building within the district, including the Convensia Convention Center, the 100-acre Central Park I, the Sheraton Incheon hotel and the Chadwick International School.

Songdo IBD is being built over 1,500 acres of reclaimed land on the west coast of the Yellow Sea in Incheon.

It is being developed by NSIC, a joint venture between US-based developer Gale International and Korean construction firm Posco E&C, under the governance of the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority.

The masterplan for the project was designed by international architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF).

NSIC and Gale International chairman Stan Gale said: "Songdo IBD was designed to be a model for future, sustainable city-scale developments not only in Asia but across the globe."

Recently the 1.33 million ft² International Business Square office in IBD secured LEED Gold certification; Gale International is aiming to achieve LEED certification for 80% of the buildings in the scheme.

Upon completion in 2017, Songdo IBD will be home to 65,000 people and about 300,000 people will travel there every day. St

The residential portion of the plan will include buildings ranging from four to 65 storeys and residential neighbourhoods will all have large green areas.

Songdo IBD will feature the 68-storey Northeast Asia Trade Tower, which is scheduled for completion in 2013.

The tower will include retail, residential and office space, with an observation deck on the 70th floor and a civic plaza.

Songdo IBD will also feature the Incheon Arts Center, a cultural complex housing a concert hall, an opera house, a museum of Asian contemporary art, a music conservatory, a design school, artist-in-residence housing and a library.

Plans also include the Songdo International City Hospital and the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, which will feature a golf course, a full clubhouse and a fitness centre on a 228-acre site that also features luxury villas and condominiums.