$10m contract to build zero-energy building

THE $10.47-million contract for Singapore’s first zero-energy building has been awarded to local firm ACP Construction. Work to retrofit an existing building at the BCA Academy along Braddell Road starts this month and should be completed by next year.

As announced earlier, everything in the building, from the lights and air-conditioning, to the water in the toilets, will be sourced from renewable energy.

It will house green classrooms, a library, as well as a visitor centre that can be used for training purposes. The retrofitted building will also function as a test-bed for green building technologies, to see if new ideas can be adopted for commercial use.

The building is part of the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) plan to raise awareness of a sustainable built environment and is its flagship R & D project under its Green Building Masterplan.

The BCA had earlier awarded another tender for the building’s solar panel to Singapore firm Grenzone for $1.7 million.

ACP Construction has a track record for constructing high-tech buildings. They were involved in two Green Mark projects – 138 Depot Road and Neuros Biopolis Phase 2 in One North.

Source : Today – 3 Oct 2008

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