- BCA's new $52 million initiative aims to quicken the pace of adoption of feasible green buildings solutions arising from research efforts
- BCA's flagship R&D building, the Zero-Energy Building (ZEB) maintains net zero energy consumption record since it commenced operations in Oct 2009
Singapore, 3 September 2014 - The Green Buildings Innovation Cluster (GBIC), an integrated research, development and demonstration (RD&D) hub within the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), was launched today by Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan at the BCA Breakfast Talk for CEOs. GBIC will consolidate existing RD&D efforts and capabilities, and provide platforms to demonstrate promising technologies such that they can be brought closer to market adoption. This initiative will be supported by a $52 million fund to develop, test, monitor and showcase the potential green building solutions.
The GBIC is part of efforts under the Energy National Innovation Challenge (Energy NIC)1 and arose as a follow-up to the building energy efficiency (EE) technology roadmap. This was unveiled by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in July this year, together with roadmaps in the areas of solar photovoltaic, carbon capture and storage/utilisation, green data centre and industrial energy efficiency.
Three key activities under the GBIC
Three key activities that GBIC will focus on include: Energy Efficient Demonstrations; National Building Energy Efficiency Repository; and Capability Building Programmes.
The results of GBIC's RD&D projects will be measured and documented in detail for subsequent R&D purposes. The experience and learning points from these projects will also be shared with industry stakeholders, such as academic and research institutions, building owners and developers, as well as other professionals in the green buildings industry from both public and private sectors.
Establishment of Partnership with BCA Green Mark Champions
To kick start the GBIC initiative, an establishment of partnership between BCA and eight key partners including Ascendas Land Singapore Pte Ltd, CapitaLand Limited, City Developments Limited, Housing and Development Board, JTC Corporation, Keppel Land International Limited, National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University, took place during the Breakfast Talk. This partnership marks the strong support from the eight BCA Green Mark Champions to validate performance of potential promising technologies within their buildings, with the aim of raising the adoption of these technologies across the industry.
"Some of the world's fastest growing cities are in Asia and they require tangible green building solutions. In order to do so, we need to be relentless in our research for more effective green building solutions and combine our efforts in developing large scale and high impact demonstration projects to educate both the industry and public. The launch of GBIC underlies our commitment to lead the green building movement and quicken the pace of adoption of green building practices locally and regionally. We are glad to have our partners on board to support us in moving a step closer to translating the results of our RD&D efforts into actual realisation," said Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer, BCA.
New ZEB publication to share knowledge and experience
One of the first few green building R&D projects in Singapore is BCA's Zero Energy Building (ZEB) at BCA Academy, built in 2009. It was the first Zero Energy Building in South-east Asia that was retrofitted from an existing building and currently houses offices, classrooms and a resource centre. The experience in developing and operating BCA's pioneering ZEB has been documented by the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings (BCA CSB) in a new publication "Leading the Way to Net Zero, 2009-2014: Inside SE Asia's First Retrofitted Zero Energy Building", to share on the different technologies tested and employed in the building, as well as the challenges and lessons learnt.
Over the last four years, ZEB has managed to maintain a net zero energy consumption, even accumulating a net surplus of 55 MWh of electricity, enough to power 144 flats of about 100 square metres for a month. ZEB acts as a living demonstration platform for the test-bedding and study of energy-efficient buildings and technologies, as well as an educational hub for students and practitioners in the field. To date, it has drawn interest from more than 23,000 visitors from more than 50 different countries. The publication will serve as a useful and valuable reference for all stakeholders in Singapore as well as in the region to help raise awareness and to facilitate knowledge transfer on zero energy buildings.
As in past years, the BCA Breakfast Talk for CEOs is held in conjunction with the Singapore Green Building Week. This year's event sets the stage for discussions and insights on smart green buildings as well as on the importance of tenant engagement towards the sustainability of a building. The event gathered close to 300 CEOs, senior management and C-suites from major developers, building owners and tenants to catalyse change through sustainable energy consumption behaviour and practices.
More information about the Singapore Green Building Week, International Green Building Conference and BEX Asia are available at http://www.sgbw.com.sg/, http://www.sgbw.com.sg/about-igbc and http://www.bex-asia.com/.
1The National Innovation Challenge (NIC) is Singapore's answer to large and complex problems facing the country. The NIC seeks to harness Singapore's research capabilities to develop practical, impactful solutions to national challenges in such areas as energy resilience, environmental sustainability and urban systems. In addition to improving the lives of Singaporeans, these solutions carry the potential of commercial spinoffs both at home and abroad. Under the National Research Foundation's 2015 Strategic Plan, the Energy NIC has been allocated S$300 million (2011-2015) to harness Singapore's R&D base to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and increase energy options.
Three key activities under GBIC (22KB .pdf)
Green Buildings Innovation Cluster (GBIC) (87KB .pdf)
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