Singapore to get its first zero-energy building by next year

July 5th, 2008 - 9:55 am ICT by IANS  

Singapore, July 5 (DPA) Renovations to a research institute will turn the facility into Singapore’s first zero-energy building by next year, news reports said Saturday. Officials plan to cover the government-run BCA Academy with half a football field’s worth of solar panels.

“Hopefully, with a little help from heaven, there won’t be too many rainy days,” The Straits Times quoted National University of Singapore Professor Lee Siew Eang as saying.

The ultra-efficient institute is scheduled for completion next year, at the forefront of a drive to reduce power consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions in the city-state.

Referring to homes and offices of the future, Lee said using renewable energy without improving efficiency would be futile.

He said daylight, natural ventilation and visitor-tracking systems will improve efficiency.

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