Singapore : Most energy efficient office by 2018

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The 3for2@UWCSEA (United World College South East Asia) demonstration project by ETH Zurich could just be Singapore’s most energy-efficient office by 2018. After four years of applied research, the head office of 3for2@UWCSEA is built as a living laboratory of applied research projects led by ETH Zurich, in partnership with Siemens Building Technologies and UWCSEA. The ‘3for2’ building design concept is a pilot project developed by architectural and engineering researchers at the Singapore-ETH Centre. The centre is a joint research centre developed by ETH Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF).

As air-conditioning accounts for approximately 60% of energy consumption in buildings, the 3for2 project focuses largely on air-conditioning technologies. The concept offers a shift in paradigm in the way sustainable high-rise buildings are constructed, especially in Asia’s rapidly urbanizing regions. The concept suggests that energy-efficient technologies for air-conditioning and related services can be successfully integrated into building structures, thereby saving significant energy, considerable space and materials.

According to Mr. Helmut Macht, CTO of Siemens Building Technologies, Singapore and its UWCSEA offers the best environment in terms of research and pilot-test energy efficient innovative technologies, with strategies that can later be applied to densely populated urban markets in tropical climates across the world.

Mr Peter Halliday, Head of Siemens Building Technologies ASEAN added that Siemens has experienced the growth of the pilot project from conceptualization to the implementation phase, and that it has become a leading exemplar in the green building sector. Siemens claims it will continue to support UWCSEA and the industry in discovering new untapped possibilities for green buildings in Asia.

Although the project is already performing among the most energy-efficient office buildings in Singapore, ETH Zurich along with the researchers from the 3for2@UWCSEA will need to achieve a number of their key performance objectives, and this can only be realized in two years’ time, towards the end of the project, as Dr Adam Rysanek, Senior researcher at ETH Zurich and 3for2@UWCSEA Project Manager had stated. Rysanek further claims that the initial KPIs of the project can lower the energy footprint by a further 40% upon fine tuning in the systems.

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