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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.

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