Preparing the Building Energy Efficiency R&D Roadmap for Singapore

Client: Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University; Building Construction Authority of Singapore
Singapore Skyline Clean Tech Office Building Roadmap Cover Ross Brindle in front of building.

Project Overview

Nexight Group worked closely with partners at the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) to plan and develop the Building Energy Efficiency R&D Roadmap for Singapore. We designed the overall roadmapping process, facilitated a series of stakeholder workshops in Singapore, and helped to prepare the roadmap. The roadmap sets a path forward for the country to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings, which currently consume about 50 percent of Singapore’s electricity.

Need

In 2011, Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) announced the Energy National Innovation Challenge (ENIC), a S$300 million, five-year initiative aimed at developing cost-competitive energy solutions to improve Singapore’s energy efficiency, reduce its carbon emissions, and broaden its energy options to sustain economic growth. As part of this effort, Singapore’s relevant agencies began developing a series of national energy technology roadmaps to guide technology master plans and funding initiatives. Because Singapore’s buildings, including households, consume about half the country’s electricity, NRF designated building energy efficiency as one of the first roadmaps to be developed.

Our Solution

Nexight had previously designed a course to train representatives of Singapore’s government, academic, and business community on organizing, facilitating, preparing, and implementing an energy technology roadmap. Singapore’s Building Construction Authority partnered with ERI@N to develop the Building Energy Efficiency R&D Roadmap. We combined Nexight’s expertise in technology roadmapping with ERI@N’s subject matter expertise in building energy efficiency to plan and execute the roadmapping process and produce the roadmap. Nexight organized and facilitated roadmapping workshops with four working groups focused on developing portions of the roadmap that addressed the following specific technical topics of interest:

  • Building Envelope and Façade Systems
  • Integrated Design Approach and Tools
  • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation Systems
  • Building Management and Information Systems
In addition, Nexight led weekly videoconferences with ERI@N project leaders and with the Steering Committee as needed, and provided critical reviews of drafts of the roadmap. The final roadmap, published in July 2014, describes R&D technology improvements and policy recommendations that span the near term (0–2 years), medium term (2–5 years), and long term (5–10 years) to provide a pathway for ongoing efficiency improvements.

Impact

Following the release of the Building Energy Efficiency R&D Roadmap and four other roadmaps, the Singapore government announced it was establishing the Building Energy Efficiency R&D Hub, under the Building and Construction Authority. The establishment of the research hub is part of a S$100 million research investment announced by the Singapore Government in August 2014. The R&D pathways set in the Building Energy Efficiency R&D Roadmap will help Singapore reach a medium- to long-term goal of low-energy high-rise buildings in the tropics.