Singapore: BCA and US-based Berkeley Lab to build test-bedding green building technologies

Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has inked a partnership with US-based Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)to build a facility for test-bedding green building technologies.

The collaboration is pivotal to developing new innovations and solutions for greater energy efficiency of buildings in Singapore, thereby reducing carbon emissions and contributing to the sustainability of the built environment.

In a statement, BCA said the new facility to be built at the BCA Academy will be modelled after Berkeley Lab’s FLEXLAB (Facility for Low Energy Experiments in Buildings) located at Berkeley Hills.

While there will be differences in terms of size and scope due to space constraint, it said the new test-bedding facility will be the first rotating research facility in Asia.

The novel design will allow the solar impact on wall surfaces to be assessed, thus simulating the actual building site location with ease.

In building the new lab, BCA will work closely with Berkeley Lab to tap their expertise in areas including design and construction, data acquisition and collaborative research projects.

When completed at the end of 2013, the new facility will allow building systems and components to be tested in “real-world” conditions and let researchers and manufacturers, change the configuration to test key building elements that impact energy consumption and building performance.

Sharing his rationale on the new facility, Dr John Keung, BCA Chief Executive Officer said: “As a champion of green building research, BCA actively pursues collaborations with world-renowned institutions to lead the region towards sustainable development in the tropics.

“Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognised with 13 Nobel prizes. We are confident that the collaboration will synergise their expertise in ground breaking research with our experience in energy efficient buildings in the tropics.”

The new laboratory will host many new exciting green technologies and boost existing ones at the Zero Energy Building. With enhanced facilities, a wider range of energy efficient approaches could be test-bedded.

Keung said this will further boost Singapore’s status as a leader in sustainable building solutions in this region.

Ashok Gadgil, Director of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division said: “Berkeley Lab’s building research team has been leading the way for decades in developing technologies, systems and tools to improve building performance and achieve huge energy savings.

“We are excited about the opportunity to exchange concepts and expertise with those pursuing similar goals around the world,” he added.


Source: Bernama

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