Singapore challenge aims to get more from efficient buildings

The Building & Construction Authority of Singapore has launched an inaugural challenge call, in collaboration with Keppel Land Ltd. (KLL), inviting companies to submit proposals on sustainable technologies.

The challenge set by BCA is designed to achieve an overall energy savings of at least 20 percent better than the best-in-class Green Mark Platinum building, reports Open Gov

BCA Green Mark is a green building rating system to evaluate a building for its environmental impact and performance. Green Mark Platinum is the highest rating.

The technologies will be tested in one of Keppel’s developments, Keppel Bay Tower (KBT). Completed in 2002, KBT is an 18-story commercial building comprising a six-story podium and a basement carpark, with a total gross floor area of about 42,000 square meters. It has the Green Mark Platinum rating.  

The challenge is intended to provide a platform for large-scale demonstration of emerging technologies in a real world environment that have potential for wider adoption in the market. 

Proposals are expected to use emerging technologies to help to reduce building landlord’s energy consumption, along with solutions that will reduce tenants’ energy usage. BCA is looking for novel, cost effective technologies / solutions that have potential to deliver high performance in energy efficient, smart and healthy building, and can be scaled up for replication in the market. 

Possible solutions mentioned by BCA is the challenge call document include alternative air cool systems and intelligent lighting systems that provide significant energy reduction and yet enhanced occupant thermal comfort and Indoor Environment Quality. 

Information systems could be designed with machine learning capabilities or integrated sensor technologies to allow monitoring of energy consumption for data analysis on energy savings, intelligent analytics, fault detection, predictive maintenance, etc.

Proposals could also include dynamic response facade technologies, responsive to climatic conditions or an energy generation facade system. 

The proposals can be based on proven technology that has not been widely implemented either locally or overseas. All proposals must be completed within two years. Submissions will be assessed based on their cost effectiveness, innovativeness and scalability. 

Successful proposals will be co-funded by KLL and BCA’s Green Buildings Innovation Cluster (GBIC) funding. It was set up with funding support from National Research Foundation (NRF).

GBIC is a one-stop integrated research, development and demonstration hub to experiment, exhibit and exchange knowledge of emerging energy-efficient building solutions with industry stakeholders. It is administered by BCA’s Built Environment Research and Innovation Institute - Green Building Research Department.

The challenge is open till July 7, 2017. 


Topics: Architectural Firms, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Office Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design

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