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  • Berkeley Engineering Article: Building-in-Briefcase

    In October 2017, Berkeley Engineering highlighted an easy-to-use, cost-effective, building condition and usage monitoring tool that was developed by SinBerBEST researchers working with Professor Costas SpanosKevin Weekly, Ming Jin, and Ruoxi Jia, co-developed this device, the Building-in-Briefcase (BiB) system. Each BiB set can measure the detailed environmental conditions of a sizable residence, a medium-sized office suite, or any other similarly sized space in the built environment.

  • IEEE Spectrum Article: What Does Your Smart Meter Know About You

    In June 2017, IEEE Spectrum published a feature article on how a smart meter provides information in addition to energy consumption data to the power companies.

  • OSIsoft SinBerBEST Promotional Video

    OSIsoft + SinBerBEST

    OSIsoft has been providing data management systems and data visualization services to the SinBerBEST program. It recently featured the research program and its Program Leader, Professor Costas Spanos, in a promotional video. Please click here to view the video. 

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The SinBerBEST Renewal program (SBB2) has been approved for funding by the National Research Foundation. It commenced on 1 June 2017 and will end on 31 May 2022.

Building on the considerable research investments and successes from the current SinBerBEST program, the SBB2 team will continue to innovate building technologies for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, with renewed, greater emphases on technology transfer and commercialization, and closer collaboration with the Singapore agencies.

On 2 January 2017, Dr. Eicke Weber replaced Prof. Masayoshi Tomizuka as the BEARS Director. 

Dr. Weber was the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg for 10 years. Prior to joining Fraunhofer ISE, Dr. Weber spent 23 years at the University of California at Berkeley as a Professor of Materials Science and, most recently, Chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group.

Nature.com's Scientific Reports recently published research findings from UC Berkeley, National University of Singapore, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the characterization of photocatalytic TiO2 powder under different conditions. They used an advanced XPS with synchrotron radiation light source to explore the surface changes of bulk photocatalytic TiO2 powder under near ambient pressure with the sequential supply and termination of UV irradiation, water moisture, and oxygen.

In 2015, BEARS had its annual holiday party as organized by the Staff Welfare Committee in Singapore. It was a great success!

Daphne Pakiam, with over five years of administrative experience for companies that include the National Cancer Centre of Singapore, has joined BEARS as the SinBerBEST Project Officer. We look forward to working with her on coordination and management projects.

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