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BCA Singapore sets challenge to achieve energy savings of at least 20% better than buildings with highest green rating

BCA Singapore sets challenge to achieve energy savings of at least 20% better than buildings with highest green rating

The Building & Construction Authority of Singapore has launched an inaugural challenge call, in collaboration with Keppel Land Ltd. (KLL1) inviting companies to submit proposals on sustainable technologies. The challenge set by BCA is to achieve an overall energy savings of at least 20% better than the best-in-class Green Mark Platinum building. 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 test-bedded in one of Keppel’s developments, Keppel Bay Tower (KBT). Completed in 2002, KBT is an eighteen-storey commercial building comprising a six storey podium and a basement carpark, with a total Gross Floor Area of about 42,000 sm. It has the Green Mark Platinum rating.  

This 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 utilise 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.

Smart technologies could be involved, such as adaptive and intelligent technologies / solutions that are responsive to occupant needs, behavior and individual control. They could enable occupants to connect to buildings' systems allowing them to adjust/ control or monitor building systems and shared facilities.  

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 2 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. 

1KLL is the property arm of the Keppel Group, one of Singapore's largest multi-national groups with key businesses in offshore and marine, property as well as infrastructure. Temasek Holdings, a national wealth fund owned by the Government of Singapore, owns 20.43% of Keppel Corporation as at 10 February 2017.

Featured image from KLL

Two OpenGov Breakfast Insight events focusing on green data centres for government and healthcare in Singapore are scheduled for July 19 and July 20 respectively. 

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