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Star Garment Product Development Centre, Sri Lanka Model for economic and sustainable development

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With the enhancement of building technology integration, the built environment can breathe alongside us during busy day activity and restful evening. While incorporating different energy systems that use technology to enable the building to adjust to their user’s activity, buildings can be more responsive as the outdoor conditions fluctuate throughout nature’s seasons.

What adjustments can be made for building to adapt to the users so the people are enabled to contribute to their community? The building technology that can automatically provide a comfortable environment for people to create new products and business, in consequence enables the community to thrive. Automating interior conditions focuses people’s attention to the important production and decision-making every day, as well as reduces the investment in maintaining the building’s electricity level that further conserves resources for investment in the company’s mission.

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture’s project with Star Garment Group, an apparel manufacturer, is one such project where the incorporation of a higher level of building technology is in alignment with the client’s mission. Star Garment Group is a company that provides high quality, ethical product development, sourcing and production services. It is invested fully in creating business practices that are healthy and productive for the local community. “We were very happy to work with them to transform an obsolete factory building in Katunayake, into a thriving product development center. We mutually shared the goal for the building to exemplify as a model for high performance buildings in the region.“

With its collaborations between designers, who are certified in Passive House technology, and its mechanical consultant’s advice about value-engineering, JPDA was able to create a building that is ultimately responsive to the users’ comfort in the building environment.


We define an intelligent building as being wholly responsive to the user’s needs in a unique and personalized way. It used to only consist of programmable thermostats to turn on and off central air systems to maintain an alignment with a specified comfort zone, but now a building can do more than that and automatically adapt to a comfortable thermal zone regardless of outdoor climate conditions.

— Jordan Parnass
Principal Architect
Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture


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