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Research, development and demonstration (RD&D) plays a key role in BCA's Green Building Masterplans, to push the envelope and accelerate the adoption of promising building energy efficient technologies and solutions in the industry.

In 2014, National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) provided a funding of $52 million for BCA to set up the Green Buildings Innovation Cluster (GBIC) as a one-stop integrated RD&D hub to experiment, exhibit and exchange knowledge of promising energy-efficiency solutions with stakeholders.

Guided by the long-term aspiration, "Super-low Energy Buildings for the Tropics", a Super Low Energy (SLE) Programme and SLE Building Technology Roadmap was launched in 2018 to bring about significant changes in Singapore's energy landscape in a whole-of-government effort.

Arising from this, NRF provided additional funding of $20 million in Sept 2019 to enhance the GBIC programme to further push the boundaries of energy efficiency.

This GBIC programme is administered by BCA's Built Environment Research and Innovation Institute (BERII).

Launch of Super Low Energy Buildings Technology Roadmap

BCA launched the Super Low Energy (SLE) Programme to push the envelope of environmental sustainability in Singapore. It includes a suite of initiatives such as the SLE Buildings Technology Roadmap to encourage the development and adoption of cost-efficient SLE buildings. The Technology Roadmap was officially launched at the Singapore Green Building Week (SGBW) 2018.

The Technology Roadmap jointly developed in partnership with industry and academia, outlines the broad strategies to help the industry design and develop cost-effective SLE buildings with the aim to achieve the ambitious target of up to 80% energy efficiency improvement from 2005 levels. Click here to download the Super Low Energy Building Technology Roadmap or click here for more details on the SLEB Programme.


GBIC serves as the central focal point to reinforce the national drive towards greater energy efficiency as well as to streamline, coordinate and disseminate building energy efficiency related activities. The overall objective of GBIC is to accelerate adoption of promising building energy efficient technologies and solutions, bringing them closer to market adoption.


GBIC Building Energy Efficient Demonstrations Scheme
The GBIC Building Energy Efficient Demonstrations Scheme (GBIC-Demo) serves to demonstrate novel energy efficient technologies that have not been widely implemented locally in operating buildings. The programme aims to link-up building owners and technology providers in order to establish platforms where industry can test and showcase these technologies to generate local performance data for verification. By doing so, we hope that these demonstrated technologies, if successful, would be replicated in other buildings and eventually, commercialised.

Please click here for more information on GBIC-Demo.

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GBIC Super Low Energy Building Smart Hub
Super Low Energy Building (SLEB) Smart Hub is a platform for companies to share their innovative building technologies with building owners, professionals, researchers and policymakers.

Building owners and professionals can access and obtain the actionable insights about the technologies such as energy savings and costs for them to make better decisions, backed up by validated data and analysed results, on what technology works best in their developments.

The SLEB Smart Hub was launched by BCA at the International Built Environment Week (IBEW) 2019 to foster closer collaborations among and within the industry and the research communities with the ease of sharing of data and knowledge to support the BCA Super Low Energy programme. Please click here to access the website.

For more information or suggestions for improvement, please contact: Dr Jin Guang Yu at JIN_Guang_Yu@bca.gov.sg

GBIC Competitive Research Programme (CRP)
The GBIC CRP serves to drive key research agenda to deepen capability build-up in the focused key areas identified in the technology roadmap. GBIC-CRP aims to collaborate with the expertise in the local and international R&D community as well as industry stakeholders to develop innovative solutions with significant impact in building energy efficiency and with high market adoption potential.

GBIC launched the 1st R&D Grant Call and awarded 8 projects in 2016 for the development of smart and energy efficient technology and solutions for buildings in the tropics. Please click here for more information on the awarded projects.

In May 2018, GBIC launched the 2nd R&D Grant Call and awarded 8 projects in January 2019 to develop and test-bed innovative smart building solutions that are close to market adoption, and encourage industry's participation in co-innovation and drives R&D solutions towards commercialisation. Please click here for more information on the awarded projects.

For more information, please contact: Mr Wong Ngian Chung at Wong_Ngian_Chung@bca.gov.sg

GBIC Prototyping [New]
This provides a platform for 'out-of-lab' research outcomes to be refined and customised for actual building application and to support promising solutions from local/overseas companies for further development and adoption in our local environment. In addition, it aims to encourage building owners, consultants and the stakeholders to adopt a more holistic approach to strive for greater energy efficiency at an early design stage of the building project.

Please click here for more information on GBIC-Prototyping scheme.

GBIC Partnership
To accelerate the adoption of promising energy efficient technologies, we are continuously looking for potential partners for collaboration.

For more information, please contact: Mr Majid Sapar at majid_sapar@bca.gov.sg