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Building Innovation Panel (BIP)

The Building Innovation Panel (BIP) is an inter-agency platform which accelerates the development and implementation of feasible methods, processes, solutions, technologies or materials – to cover solutions beyond those that raise productivity to any type of innovation that can improve Singapore’s Built Environment.
Since 2019, it has been enhanced to include innovative construction solutions that will improve Singapore’s Built Environment – beyond productivity – to meet the objectives under the Construction Industry Transformation Map. With this enhancement, three committees namely:

  1. Research & Innovation Committee
  2. Technology Assessment Committee
  3. Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee

have been set up to assist firms in facilitating research development, obtaining regulatory clearance, and resolving regulatory conflicts for the innovative solutions respectively


Research & Innovation Committee

The Research & Innovation (R&I) committee, comprising relevant departments from BCA, facilitates research and development (R&D) of innovation and technologies applicable to the Built Environment. It will support industry firms by:

  • Scanning of construction innovations and trends globally, including DfMA, green buildings and IDD – in close consultation with industry and institutes of higher learning
  • Overseeing R&I to support construction innovations
  • Developing new or enhanced regulatory codes to enable innovations to be adopted

For questions about the R&I Committee, please contact Mr Tong Khoon Hong (E-mail: tong_khoon_hong@bca.gov.sg).


Technology Assessment Committee

The inter-agency Technology Assessment Committee (TASC) assists firms in receiving fast multiple agency evaluation of innovative methods, sustainable materials and technologies that would improve construction productivity and/or sustainability significantly. Participating agencies include Building and Construction Authority, Land Transport Authority, Ministry of Manpower, National Environment Agency, Public Utilities Board, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Urban Redevelopment Authority. In addition, two non-regulatory agencies namely, Housing and Development Board and JTC Corporation are co-opted to give an alternative perspective to the process of facilitation. The Committee will not dictate the rules and regulations of the relevant authorities or agencies.

The Committee will consider facilitating the assessment if the innovation can lead to at least 20% improvement in productivity or sustainability. Other innovations that demonstrate promising potential to significantly improve the built environment may be considered.

Scope

The Committee will assist firms that require multi-agency regulatory assistance in any of these areas that will improve project productivity and/or sustainability

  • Innovative Design
  • New construction materials not used in Singapore
  • New construction methods or processes
  • Sustainable materials or technologies

Procedure

Request for assistance to facilitate expedient evaluation shall be accompanied by

  1. A set of completed application form (81 KB .xls);
  2. Documentary evidence of compliance with codes of practice (Singapore or overseas);
  3. Track record of implementation overseas;
  4. Material or product specifications;
  5. Quality certifications or test reports by accredited laboratories; and
  6. Calculation of natural aggregates savings (in tonnes) based on proposed % replacement (only applicable for sustainable construction materials) and
  7. Any other relevant information.

Please refer to the checklist (48.6 KB.pdf) for the specific documentation required by individual government agencies for the above-mentioned item (b) to (f).

Evaluation Process

The Committee will evaluate the submission based on the
(i) level of innovation
(ii) impact on construction productivity of the materials, methods or processes.
(iii)sustainable materials or technologies leading to environmentally friendly sustainable construction

Once the submission has been accepted, the Building Innovation Panel Secretariat will facilitate early resolution of outstanding issues between the applicant and respective authorities and agencies.

A certificate of In Principle Acceptances (IPA) will be granted to the innovative design, products, materials or processes if acceptances are obtained from the relevant participating authorities and agencies. The certificate of In Principle Acceptances will also accord fast track status to subsequent regulatory submissions involving the use of such materials, methods or processes described in the certificate.

In Principle Acceptance Certificates (IPA)

Below is the list of design, products, materials or processes that have been granted In Principle Acceptance for use in Singapore projects. Please refer to the certificates of In Principle Acceptance (IPA) for further details on the applicants and conditions for compliance.

Innovative Systems In Principle Acceptance (IPA) Certificates
Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) System Please refer to this list
Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) /
Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam)
Please refer to this list
Prefabricated Bathroom Units (PBU) Please refer to this list

Contact Person

Requests to Technology Assessment Committee can be sent to the respective officers in charge:

  • For Productivity Innovation and Technologies

    Building Innovation Panel Secretariat (Attn: Ms. Toh Xing Juan / Ms Mika Feng )

    Construction Productivity and Quality Group

    Building and Construction Authority

    52 Jurong Gateway Road #12-01

    Singapore 608550

  • For Sustainable Construction Materials or Technologies

    Building Innovation Panel Secretariat (Attn: Mr Low Giau Leong)

    Environmental Sustainability Group

    Building and Construction Authority

    52 Jurong Gateway Road #12-01

    Singapore 608550

For any questions about the Technology Assessment Committee, please contact Ms Mika Feng (mika_feng@bca.gov.sg)


Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee

The Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee (IACC) provides an avenue for project parties, including public development agencies, to resolve problems or conflicts in regulatory requirements in relation to construction activities.

To table a case at IACC for resolution, please write in to:

BCA_IACC_SECRETARIAT@bca.gov.sg


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