Singapore’s Building Construction and Authority (BCA) plans to build SkyLab, a new high-rise, rotating laboratory for the testing and development of new green building technologies – which is expected to be ready by the first half of 2016.
SkyLab aims to push the pace of research, development, and application of energy-efficient building technologies.
BCA SkyLab will be built on the BCA Academy rooftop which will be able to fully rotate for 360 degrees to any sun orientation, and will allow innovative technologies to be tested on a plug-and-play basis and carried out in high-rise, outdoor settings.
The SkyLab will also have two similar indoor units. Each unit measures 40 square metres and its layout can be easily changed, equipped with sensors to measure energy performance and environmental paramaters that simulate an office environment to compare test results.
According to Mr. Choi Shing Kwok, permanent secretary of the Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources, BCA has set a goal towards achieving low-energy high-and-play basis and carried out in high rise, and zero energy low-rise buildings in tropics.
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