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BCA to launch S$20m scheme to lead green technology testing

SINGAPORE — The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) will roll out a S$20 million scheme to spearhead the testing of energy-efficient technology in buildings.

SINGAPORE — The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) will roll out a S$20 million scheme to spearhead the testing of energy-efficient technology in buildings.

The move, called the GBIC-Building Energy Efficient Demonstrations Scheme (GBIC-Demo), is the latest in encouraging the development of green building technology.

In a statement yesterday, the BCA said the technology that will be tested under the scheme should achieve 20 to 40 per cent improvement over the current best-in-class technology.

Such technology can 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, the BCA added.

Examples include air-conditioning innovations, such as chilled ceilings and under-floor cooling systems.

The BCA said the scheme will also cover the cost of removing the technology, should the trial be deemed unsuccessful.

BCA’s group director of research Tan Tian Chong said: “The scheme will help mitigate the risks involved in trialling new technology by co-funding incurred costs such as (those of) equipment, installation and commissioning. In doing so, we hope to spur wider replication and eventual commercialisation of novel energy-efficient solutions for buildings in the longer term.”

The GBIC-Demo scheme is one of the three key measures under the S$52 million Green Buildings Innovation Cluster programme, first launched by the BCA in September last year.

The other two are the GBIC-National Building EE Repository — a central database that collects information from GBIC-Demo projects, existing buildings and reports from successfully completed R&D projects — and GBIC-Energy Efficient Research and Development, which consists of tailored R&D programmes intended to build core capabilities in green buildings. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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