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  • ASHRAE Journal: Spotlight on SinBerBEST Living Lab at Building and Construction Authority (BCA)

    ASHRAE Journal: Spotlight on SinBerBEST Living Lab at Building and Construction Authority (BCA)

    In February 2020, the ASHRAE Journal highlighted SinBerBEST’s large-scale, smart technology implementation at BCA’s Zero Energy Building (ZEB.) This living lab is the culmination of a long-standing, research collaboration between SinBerBEST and BCA. 

    Developed from years of SinBerBEST research, innovative building technologies, including hybrid cooling, occupancy positioning, lighting controls, plug load management, and occupant feedback, were deployed as a fully integrated, smart control building system in ZEB, a working office building.

  • Prof. Monteiro Elected as 2020 National Academy of Engineering Member

    Prof. Monteiro Elected to National Academy of Engineering

    SBB2 Theme C Lead Principal Investigator, Professor Paulo Monteiro, has been elected as a member of the 2020 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) class for his "contributions to the science and nanotechnology of concrete for sustainable construction and durable structures."

  • Block71: Community Feature on SinBerBEST

    Block71: Community Feature on SinBerBEST

    In April 2019, Block71, a NUS Enterprise initiative that strategically partners with esteemed companies and government organizations, and accelerates start-ups, showcased SinBerBEST on its community feature.

    It focused on the unique, comprehensive approach of the program in using scientific research and innocative technology to enhance building energy efficiency  and building occupant productivity, thereby minimizing environmental impact.

News

Research collaboration between SinBerBEST 2 and UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) resulted in three Building and Environment Best Paper Awards in 2018. 

The Building and Environment Journal is a global publication that shares novel building science and human interaction with the building environment study findings. It established these awards in 2007 to recognize authors for their papers’ originality, industry contributions, presentation quality, and science validity. Building and Environment selects three Best Paper Awards every year.

Six SinBerBEST and non-SinBerBEST researchers from UC Berkeley recently authored an article discussing innovative uses of Octet-Truss Engineered Concrete (OTEC.) It is a lightweight structure created in the empty spaces of the ultra-high performance, fiber-reinforced concrete with very-high compressive capability. OTEC leverages porous concrete’s thermal-insulating properties while sustaining strength and rigidity. Please click here to access the article. 

14 researchers from SinBerBEST, UC Berkeley, Nanyang Technological University, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Florida State University, and University of Southern California recently published a paper on a platform-specific design process for smart buildings. In this case, a platform is a library, or a collection of components and their associated configurations that can be leveraged to create a design.

SinBerBEST2 held its Inaugural Annual Symposium entitled: Sustainable Buildings as Cyber-Physical-Social Systems on the 6th July 2018 at CREATE, Singapore. Researchers from SinBerBEST2 presented their state-of-the-art research work over the past year. They also heard from local and international experts on topics related to energy and the built environment. A total of 100 participants attended the symposium. Finally, tours and demonstrations were offered in the Cyber-Physical testbed that was designed to facilitate research on sustainable tropical buildings.

The Science Journal published research findings from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley, and University of Cambridge on CO2 conversion using renewable energy. Professor Joel Ager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of California at Berkeley, and Professor Alexei Lapkin, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at University of Cambridge, discussed their viewpoints on utilizing surplus renewable grid electricity to transform carbon dioxide into commodity chemicals.

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