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Building Innovation Panel (BIP)

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What is Building Innovation Panel?

The inter-agency Building Innovation Panel (BIP) assists firms in receiving fast multiple agency evaluation of innovative methods, processes and materials that would improve construction productivity significantly. Participating agencies of Building Innovation Panel include BCA, Land Transport Authority, Ministry of Manpower, National Environment Agency, PUB, The National Water Agency, 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 into the BIP to give an alternate perspective to the process of facilitation. The Panel will not dictate the rules and regulations of the relevant authorities or agencies.

The Panel will consider facilitating the assessment if the innovation can lead to 20% improvement in productivity.

Since the BIP was established, innovative and productive systems like Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), Mass Engineered Timber (MET) and Prefabricated Bathroom Units (PBU) have been granted In Principle Acceptances (IPA) for use in building projects in Singapore.


Scope

The Building Innovation Panel will assist firms that require multi-agency regulatory assistance in any of these areas that will improve project productivity

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

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. 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).

Requests to Building Innovation Panel can be sent to:

Building Innovation Panel Secretariat (Attn: Ms. Toh Xing Juan)
Construction Productivity and Quality Group
Building and Construction Authority
52 Jurong Gateway Road #09-02
Singapore 608550


Evaluation Process

The Building Innovation Panel secretariat will evaluate the submission based on the
(i) level of innovation
(ii) impact on construction productivity of the materials, methods or processes.

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 In Principle Acceptances.


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.

Product or Process assessed by Building Innovation Panel (BIP) 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

For any questions about the Building Innovation Panel, Please contact:

Ms Toh Xing Juan (E-mail: TOH_Xing_Juan@bca.gov.sg)