BCA builds up green building research capabilities

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has inked a partnership with US-based Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to build a facility for test-bedding green building technologies.

BCA said the collaboration, signed last month, is pivotal to developing new innovations and solutions for greater energy efficiency of buildings in Singapore.

The new facility will be built at the BCA Academy.

It will be modelled after Berkeley Lab’s FLEXLAB (Facility for Low Energy Experiments in Buildings) located at Berkeley Hills.

The facility, to be completed in 2013, will be the first in Asia whereby solar panels can be rotated to catch the sun’s rays.

Researchers and manufacturers can also test key building elements that impact energy consumption and building performance.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 20 Dec 2012

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