S$8.3M for Singapore Building Energy Efficiency Research

IN a bid to improve Singapore’s building energy efficiency, a grant of 8.3 million Singapore Dollars (S$) has been made to researchers from several of the Republic’s higher learning centres.

Singapore’s Today report that researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic were awarded the S$8.3 million in grants by Singapore’s Building an Construction Authority (BCA).

Under the Building Energy Efficiency Grant Call, the public and private sectors were encouraged to collaborate and develop innovative technologies and solutions in the areas of Air-Conditioning & Mechanical Ventilation (ACMV) and Building Management & Information Systems (BMIS) for building retrofits in the tropics that can be adopted in five years’ time, BCA said.

The scheme, first introduced in September last year, aims to support the development of energy efficient and cost-effective technologies and solutions for buildings in the tropics.

While ACMV systems take up 40 to 60% of energy used in a typical air-conditioned building, there is a need for technology that can effectively remove water from the air by using less energy will greatly improve efficiency of air-conditioning system, BCA said.

It also noted the need to develop cost-effective solutions so building owners and developers will adopt the new technologies.

“More efficient buildings mean better use of resources,” said Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA.

“Low Energy High-rise Buildings in the Tropics” will be possible in Singapore if researchers are provided with the “right support and environment”, he added.

Picture by Erwin Soo reproduced under CCL.

Wednesday 30th July 2014

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