On 22 March 2016, the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment and City Developments Limited (CDL) announced their partnership to promote innovations in smart, green building technologies in an initiative supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
Funded by a S$2.25 million gift from CDL, two first-of-their-kind laboratories tailored to the tropical climate were launched under the partnership - NUS-CDL Smart Green Home and NUS-CDL T² Lab, that are expected to be completed by December 2016 and December 2017 respectively.
The Smart Green Home, located within a new building at the NUS School of Design and Environment will be designed as a world-class venue for testing, analysing, evaluating and piloting rapidly evolving indoor smart home innovations in a “plug-and-play” and in a real-life environment. One project that researchers in this lab will be undertaking, is the development of a system capable of improving indoor aural comfort by picking ideal sound profiles that will be able to mask undesirable ambient noises.
The NUS-CDL T² Lab, an adaptable indoor-outdoor research space that will be located on the NUS Kent Ridge campus, will be focused on studying new ideas relating research themes such as “healthy, green living”. One project which falls under this lab will see NUS researchers evaluating the feasibility of incorporating sun-shading shutters with solar membranes and panels, which will be able to both block out sunlight and generate carbon emission-free electricity, while at the same time, taking up minimal space.