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BCA strengthens its support for green technology in Singapore

Nurdianah Md Nur | March 12, 2015
The statutory board has rolled out a S$20 million scheme to co-fund trials of new energy-efficient technologies in fully operational buildings in the republic.

In an effort to encourage green technologies, Singapore's Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has introduced a scheme called the Green Buildings Innovation Cluster-Building Energy Efficient Demonstrations Scheme (GBIC-Demo).

The statutory board said that the S$20 million scheme will spearhead the test-bedding of new energy-efficient technologies in fully operational buildings. "The scheme will help mitigate the risks involved in trialling new technologies by co-funding incurred costs such as equipment, installation, and commissioning," said Tan Tian Chong, BCA's group director of research. He added that the scheme also includes the cost of removing the technology, should the trial be deemed unsuccessful.

Technologies to be test-bedded should achieve 20 percent to 40 percent improvement over the current best-in-class technologies. They could come from successfully completed research and development (R&D) projects or proven technology - either local or overseas - that has not been widely implemented in Singapore, said BCA. Examples include innovative air-conditioning technologies such as chilled ceilings and under-floor cooling systems.

 "[Through GBIC -Demo], we hope to spur wider replication and eventual commercialisation of energy-efficient solutions for buildings in the longer term," said Tan.

United World College South East Asia will be one of the first organisations to participate in the GBIC-Demo to facilitate the implementation of '3for2@UWCSEA' at the college's new high school block in Dover. Scheduled to be completed by 2017, the facility will house several technologies that are new to Singapore such as a control and building management system (BMS) optimised for decentralised air-conditioning, mechanical ventilation (ACMV) systems. The project will be developed by researchers at the Future Cities Laboratory of the Singapore-ETH Centre and engineers at Siemens Building Technologies.

The GBIC-Demo scheme is one of the three initiatives under the GBIC programme launched by BCA in September 2014. The S$52 million GBIC programme was set up to serve as a one-stop R&D and demonstration hub to experiment, exhibit and exchange knowledge of promising building energy-efficient solutions. 

The other two initiatives are the GBIC-National Building EE Repository, which is a central database that collects information from GBIC Demo projects to analyse the performance of the trialled technology; and the GBIC-Energy Efficient R&D which consists of programmes intended to build core capabilities in green buildings. 


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