STAR GARMENT INNOVATION CENTER

Sri Lanka, Katunayake

- 2018
A pioneering passive house retrofit in Sri Lanka creates an economic catalyst and model for sustainable development.
Site Entrance
Building Exterior
Building Exterior
Building Exterior and Courtyard
Insulated Roof and Solar Panels
Facade Solar Shading
Building Exterior
Facade With Shading Panels
Building EIFS Cladding
Interior Reception Area
Interior Office Area
Interior Conference Room
Interior Collaboration Area
Product Design Area
Interior Product Design Area
Interior View at Sewing Area
Interior View at Cutting Tables
Sewing Area
Interior Sewing Area
Interior Sewing Area
Interior Color Lab
Interior Color Lab
Site Entrance
Building Exterior
Building Exterior
Building Exterior and Courtyard
Insulated Roof and Solar Panels
Facade Solar Shading
Building Exterior
Facade With Shading Panels
Building EIFS Cladding
Interior Reception Area
Interior Office Area
Interior Conference Room
Interior Collaboration Area
Product Design Area
Interior Product Design Area
Interior View at Sewing Area
Interior View at Cutting Tables
Sewing Area
Interior Sewing Area
Interior Sewing Area
Interior Color Lab
Interior Color Lab

Design Team

Jordan Parnass

Marijke Huelsmann

Kevin Hennessey

Philip Weller

Yereem Park

Consultants

Lead Architect & Interior Design - Vinod Jayasinghe Associates (Pvt) Ltd (Sri Lanka)

PH & Energy Consultants - Steven Winter Associates

Mechanical Engineering - Chandana Dalugoda Consultants

Structural Engineering - Ajith Vandebona PE

Quantity Surveying - Prasad Jasinghe, VFORM Consultants

MEP Engineering - Kosala Kamburadeniya PE

Contractors

Tritech Engineering

Civicon Engineering

Alufab PLC

 

Suppliers

Gutman - Windows & Doors

Photography

Ganidu Balasuriya

JPDA

The Star Innovation Center is a product development facility located outside of Colombo in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. Intended to be a global model for the entire garment industry, the project sets a new high bar for sustainability, energy efficiency and worker comfort.

By choosing to renovate an obsolete building to Passive House standards, the project dramatically reduces the waste, carbon emissions and fossil fuels typically required for demolition and a new build, and promotes the client’s commitment to maintain high standards in social, environmental, ethical and safety compliance within the global fashion industry.

The project is the first Passive House project in South Asia, and one of only two certified Passive House factory buildings in the world. Annual energy consumption will be cut by over 75% compared to a conventional “efficient” modern industrial building.

The project is a pioneer in applying Passive House technology to a tropical monsoon climate, which features steady warm temperatures year round but extremely high relative humidity.

Careful design and engineering of the building systems and enclosure ensures that workers enjoy year-round comfort in a workspace that provides abundant natural light, low humidity, filtered fresh air, and maintains temperatures near a constant 24°C (77°F).

Thorough testing of the airtightness and remote monitoring of the ongoing energy usage provide quantitative confirmation of the building performance, confirming projected operational cost savings for the client and vastly upgraded workplace environmental standards for the employees.

From the outset our agenda was to assemble an integrated project team including local architects, engineers, fabricators and builders to encourage technology transfer and demonstrate the feasibility of high performance building in the region. 

By promoting the project and inspiring the local building industry there is a clear path to both reducing carbon emissions and putting an end to worker “sweatshop” conditions.

 

Click here to see video about the project!