The Green Buildings Innovation Cluster (GBIC) is an integrated research, development and demonstration (RD&D) hub set up under the Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS) domain in RIE2020.
Administered by BCA's Built Environment Research and Innovation Institute (BERII), GBIC aims to accelerate the development and adoption of promising building energy efficient technologies and solutions, as part of efforts to drive the green building development in Singapore.
GBIC’s key objectives include:
- Streamlining, coordinating and disseminating building energy efficiency related activities
- Serving as a one-stop integrated RD&D hub to experiment, exhibit and exchange knowledge of promising building energy efficient solutions with industry stakeholders
Following the success of GBIC and other initiatives under BCA's 3rd Green Building Masterplan, BCA launched in 2018 the Super Low Energy (SLE) Programme to push the envelope of environmental sustainability further in Singapore. It includes a suite of initiatives such as the SLE Buildings Technology Roadmap which identified key focus areas to encourage the development and adoption of cost-efficient SLE buildings.
*The Super Low Energy Building Technology Roadmap and details on the SLE Programme are available for download.
GBIC has four key initiatives that focus on green building RD&D with translation:
1. GBIC Energy Efficiency Research & Development (GBIC-R&D)
GBIC-R&D aims to collaborate with the local and international R&D community, and industry stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to improve building energy efficiency.
GBIC launched the 1st R&D Grant Call and awarded 8 projects in 2016 for the development of smart and energy efficient technology and solutions for buildings in the tropics.
In May 2018, GBIC launched the 2nd R&D Grant Call. Eight projects were awarded in January 2019 to develop and test-bed innovative smart building solutions that are close to market adoption, encourage industry participation in co-innovation, and drive R&D solutions towards commercialisation.
Find out more about the projects and the past and open calls under GBIC-R&D.
2. GBIC Prototyping
This provides a platform for 'out-of-lab' research outcomes to be refined and customised for actual building application and to support promising solutions from local/overseas companies for further development and adoption in our local environment. In addition, it aims to encourage building owners, consultants and the stakeholders to adopt a more holistic approach to strive for greater energy efficiency at an early design stage of the building project.
Please click here for more information on GBIC-Prototyping scheme.
3. GBIC Building Energy Efficient Demonstrations Scheme (GBIC-Demo)
The GBIC-Demo provides building owners and developers the opportunity to strive for greater energy savings by demonstrating innovative energy efficient technologies that have not been widely implemented locally in upcoming projects or existing buildings.
The programme brings together developers and building owners with technology providers and system integrators to establish platforms where industry can test and showcase these technologies to generate local performance data for verification by a 3rd party
The GBIC-Demo application process is as follows:
- Before submission, meet with GBIC administrators for a briefing and quick assessment.
- For funding under the GBIC-Demo, submit the Pre-Application Form.
- Submit the Application Form to apply for GBIC-Demo.
- Proposals will be evaluated by the Project Evaluation Panel (PEP). It takes an average of 3 months to process the application form.
Find out more about the GBIC-Demo programme and its related FAQs.
4. Super Low Energy Building (SLEB) Smart Hub
The SLEB Smart Hub is a central resource centre that collects essential information from GBIC-Demo projects, existing buildings and completed R&D projects as well as data of past Green Mark projects and Building Energy Submission System (BESS). It provides one-stop knowledge services to make it easy to implement SLE buildings.