The National University of Singapore (NUS) has unveiled the first new-build net-zero energy building in Singapore.
Located within its School of Design and Environment (SDE), the new SDE4 building is energy efficient and environmentally friendly, NUS said in a press statement on Wednesday, January 30.
Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance and Chairman of the National Research Foundation, officiated the launch of SDE4, and visited the building’s new facilities.
The SDE4 building houses a mix of research laboratories, design studios, as well as teaching and common learning spaces over six floors, covering a gross floor area of 8,588 square metres.
Designed to be climate responsive with net-zero energy consumption, the building features a range of sustainable building designs. These include solar roof installations, a hybrid cooling system, as well as approaches to optimise natural ventilation and lighting.
Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS President, said, “NUS is proud to be home to the first new-build net-zero energy building in Singapore. The conceptualisation and construction of SDE4 involved a collaborative partnership between our resident experts at the NUS School of Design and Environment as well as external consultants, builders and developers. The result is a dynamic living laboratory, showcasing the latest ideas and solutions in sustainable development.”