The Economic Development Board has unveiled the ‘Pre-Project Innovation Consortium’, which will gather industry players early in the design stage to generate holistic blueprints for sustainable buildings
Singapore’s economic agency has launched a new initiative called the ‘Pre-Project Innovation Consortium’ (PPIC), which will promote the concept of integrative design and enable building industry players to collaborate on cutting-edge sustainable buildings at the early design stage.
Announcing it at the International Green Building Conference in Singapore on Monday, the Economic Development Board (EDB) said the PPIC initiative was the first of its kind in the world and follows Singapore’s ambition to encourage inter-disciplinary innovations and integrative design in green buildings.
Chief executive of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Dr John Keung, said the initiative “reinforces the importance of doing things right from the start in the construction process”.
“Incorporating the fundamentals of sustainability at the pre-project design and planning stage will lead to cost-effective and high performance green buildings,” he added.
At the heart of the PPIC is the integrative design process, which EDB noted will enable Singapore to lead the commercialisation of green building technologies customised for the tropical climate.
Integrative design is a holistic method for designing buildings which meet sustainable design objectives that are environmentally, socially, and financially responsible.
EDB executive director of Cities, Infrastructure and Industrial Solutions, Goh Chee Kiong, explained to Eco-Business that innovation in the building industry is often done in silos and by the time projects are awarded, it is too late to implement innovations due to cost and contractual obligations.
“So the PPIC addresses this and brings together like-minded companies to come up with a holistic blueprint that integrates elements like building control, cooling systems, building materials and lighting from the onset,” he said. This blueprint can then be replicated in future building designs, he added.
The first two groups under the PPIC are led by three building industry heavyweights: Australia-based leading integrated property developer Lend Lease will be leading one consortium to focus on commercial (offices), education and healthcare facilities; while the second consortium, jointly led by Singapore-based DP Architects and New Zealand-based engineering consultancy Beca, will be focusing on commercial (retail) and healthcare facilities.
Companies participating include 3M, Asahi Glass Company, Bosch, Holcim, Johnson Controls, Philips Lighting and United Technologies’ Building & Industrial Systems.
These two consortia are projected to spend S$10 million in research over the next three years.
Francis Lee, CEO of DP Architects, said, “The PPIC initiative will greatly facilitate access to manufacturers of innovative building material with established R&D facilities in Singapore. This will accelerate the process to bring new solutions to realisation.”