Singapore : New BCA research centre officially launched


The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, has just launched the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) research centre called BCA Skylab on Wednesday, 20 July 2016. Sitting on a roof eight stories high of the Academic Tower at the BCA Academy, the 132 sq m rotatable laboratory will not only consume net zero energy, but also produce excess energy.

Lee Hsien Loong stated that the opening of the BCA Skylab is a key-player in driving Singapore’s environmental sustainability goals. It will be used to test new technologies to make more “positive energy buildings”.

By using energy-efficient HVAC or lighting systems, as well as harnessing solar energy, energy will be produced more than energy that the building consumes.

According to Dr. John Keung, chief executive of the BCA, the building aims to develop energy self-sufficient high-rise buildings.

Researchers in the lab will be allowed to test the new systems with actual weather and climatic conditions, as opposed to simulating each of the factor using the historical data which might not be accurate due to climate change. Using newly developed technology such as test cells, indoor temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide levels and other conditions changes will be tracked by over 200 sensors.

But there still needs to be an upgrade in the building’s software, concerning the productivity, safety and quality. The construction methods are still labor-intensive and takes a lot of time, added Mr. Lee.

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