In an initiative supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment and City Developments Limited (CDL) will partner to promote innovations in green building technologies through the construction of two new research laboratories: the NUS-CDL Tropical Technologies Laboratory (T² Lab) Programme and the NUS-CDL Smart Green Home. Both labs are expected to be completed by December 2016 and December 2017 respectively.
The SGD 2.25 million research labs, funded by CDL, will be built to study smart building technologies for indoor and outdoor environments and to provide funding for future research projects.
According to Heng Chye Kiang, Dean of NUS School of Design and Environment, NUS hopes to work more with CDL and EDB in promoting and developing sustainable solutions and technologies for smart, urban living that are suited for tropical climates, which then can benefit Singaporeans as well as the local and regional building sectors.
Studies carried out at the Smart Green Home will allow researchers to develop a system capable of improving indoor comfort by picking ideal environments that would be able to filter out undesirable ambient noises such as traffic noises and instead include more desirable noises like sounds of insects and breezes.
The T² Lab, on the other hand, will evaluate the feasibility of incorporating sun-shading shutters with solar membranes and panels. The aim of the study is to understand how to block out sunlight and generate carbon emission-free electricity, while taking up minimal space.
According to CDL Chief Executive, Grant Kelley, the project will be piloted at CDL’s future developments from research and development to testing. These new capabilities are to be the next benchmarks for the building’s industry as Singapore gears up to become a smart and sustainable nation.
Goh Chee Kiong, Executive Director of cities, infrastructure and industrial solutions at the EDB added that the lab projects will have real-world application for the homeowners and adds to commercial value. EDB commits to partner with CDL and NUS in developing, testing and exporting more of innovative sustainable urban solutions that focus on rapidly urbanizing tropical regions.
(From left) Professor Heng Chye Kiang, Dean of NUS School of Design and Environment; Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Provost;...