Research, development and demonstration (RD&D) plays a more prominent role in Building and Construction Authority (BCA)'s 3rd Green Building Masterplan, in order to push the envelope and accelerate the adoption of promising building energy efficient technologies and solutions in the industry.
Guided by the long-term aspiration, "Positive Energy Low-rise, Zero Energy Medium-rise, Super-low Energy High-rise buildings for the Tropics" an integrated RD&D hub, the Green Buildings Innovation Cluster (GBIC) was set up under the Energy National Innovation Challenge (Energy NIC).
GBIC serves as the central focal point to reinforce the national drive towards greater energy efficiency as well as to streamline, coordinate and disseminate building energy efficiency related activities. It will be a one-stop integrated RD&D hub to experiment, exhibit and exchange knowledge of promising building energy efficient solutions with industry stakeholders. The overall objective of GBIC is to accelerate adoption of promising building energy efficient technologies and solutions, bringing them closer to market adoption.
Under GBIC programme, there are 3 key activities, which are
- - GBIC Competitive Research Programme (GBIC-CRP), serves to drive key research agenda to deepen capability build-up in the focused key areas identified in the technology roadmap.
- - GBIC Demonstration (GBIC-Demo), serves to demonstrate novel energy efficient technologies that have not been widely implemented locally in operating buildings.
- - Super Low Energy Building (SLEB) Smart Hub, previously named as GBIC Repository, serves as a smart resource centre which has a centralised national database of building energy-efficiency technologies with powerful tools for data analytics.
GBIC CRP, GBIC Demo and SLEB Smart Hub work together and form an eco-system together with BCA Green Mark
SLEB Smart Hub
With the super low energy building and smart building movement being intensified in Singapore, building owners and developers are increasingly exposed to novel energy-efficiency technologies and products. In many cases, there are difficulties in acquiring comprehensive information and evaluating the performance of these technologies. This obstacle could hinder building owners from taking action.
To address this gap, BCA is rolling out the SLEB Smart Hub to make it easy for building owners and developers to do SLEB projects by providing actionable insights about these technologies and predicting the cost and benefit of applying these technologies in their buildings.
To align with the Smart Nation initiative, we have employed the cutting edge big data and artificial intelligence technologies for storing and analysing of building energy-efficiency data and providing smart services backed by the analysed data. By doing so, we hope SLEB Smart Hub will help building owners and developers to source technologies, share experiences and to enable them to adopt innovative technologies.
The key features of the SLEB Smart Hub include:
- Technology directory - provides insightful information about energy-efficiency technologies.
- Project directory – provides data and information from the R&D projects, air conditioning system monitoring projects, GBIC demonstration projects.
- SLEB Smart Advisor – helps building owners, developers to choose and evaluate the building energy-efficiency technologies and plan their retrofitting or new development projects targeting for Super Low Energy Buildings.
- Energy Efficiency Dashboard – provides interactive dashboards for the statistical data and information about building energy efficiency and technologies adoption.
- Data Dictionary – provides standardized definitions for data terms and data fields commonly used in building energy efficiency industry.
Key features of SLEB Smart Hub
Acknowledgement of Contributions from Industry and Academia
We would like to show our gratitude to the following respected persons for helping us by giving suggestions for the development of our SLEB Smart Hub portal:
- Mr. Alex Ng, Assistant Vice President, Development Planning & Design, Real Estate Development & Services, Ascendas-Singbridge Pte Ltd
- Mr. Tony Choo, Head, Engineering Support Services, Ascendas Services
- Mr. Nilesh Y. Jadhav, Program Director (EcoCampus) Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N)
- Dr. Adam Rysanek, Project Manager & Senior Researcher, Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), ETH Zurich
We would also like to expand our deepest gratitude to all those who have directly and indirectly guided us in developing the SLEB Smart Hub.