Net Zero Buildings in Singapore, Is It Achievable?

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ORGANISER
Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
DATE 27 October 2023
TIME 10:00 - 12:00 hrs
VENUE
Level 4, Orchid Junior Ballroom, 4211 and 4311, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
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In recent years, the urgency of addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions has become a global priority. As a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the built environment plays a crucial role in shaping sustainable and climate-resilient cities. Net zero building initiatives are particularly relevant to Singapore which is a densely populated urban hub known for its iconic skyline and modern architecture.

Singapore's commitment to reducing carbon emissions is evident through various initiatives, policies, and sustainable urban planning efforts. However, achieving net zero carbon buildings in the city-state poses several complex challenges.

The roundtable, will delve into the concepts of building efficiency and carbon footprint, net zero carbon building design, services and governance, and sustainable practices. Experts will share insights from ongoing initiatives, green building projects, and innovative technologies that contribute to reducing carbon emissions in the built environment. The session will also address the economic and social implications of transitioning to net-zero carbon buildings, considering affordability, public acceptance, and market readiness.

Programme Details

Professor Lock Kai Sang, Head, Energy Efficiency Technology Centre, Singapore Institute of Technology

This presentation aims to set the scene for the roundtable discussion on net-zero buildings in Singapore. The complex challenges of achieving net-zero carbon buildings in the city-state are presented. A holistic overview of achieving net-zero buildings will be covered ranging from building design, construction materials, application of energy efficient building services, renewable applications, operation and maintenance.

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Irene Yong, Director, Building Services, Beca

Existing buildings make up around 80% of the total building stock in Singapore.

With initiatives such as the Singapore Green Plan 2030 pushing for net zero targets, the upgrading and retrofitting of older buildings will become crucial in achieving carbon neutrality.

In this presentation, uncover the opportunities and challenges faced by existing buildings in the race to achieve net zero.

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Speaker:

Wang Zhenglin, Senior Manager, Energy-as-a-Service, Keppel Infrastructure

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Speaker:

Francesco Muggeri, Vice President, Power Discrete and Analog Products, APeC & China, STMicroelectronics

The world is confronting extraordinary challenges, and the preservation of our planet is no longer a choice, but a necessity. The semiconductors ecosystem emerges as a trailblazer, propelling rapid innovations. In this presentation, Mr. Muggeri will share the unwavering commitment of ST on sustainability, and how ST actively fosters sustainability by spearheading the production of renewable energies, amplifying power efficiency with the cutting-edge diffused intelligence (Digitalization) and pioneering Energy and Power Conversion. He will also discuss the examples on smart home, building and smart city that contribute to better power efficiency and more intelligent solutions for energy usage.

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Panellists:

Professor Lock Kai Sang, Head, Energy Efficiency Technology Centre, Singapore Institute of Technology

Irene Yong, Director, Building Services, Beca

Wang Zhenglin, Senior Manager, Energy-as-a-Service, Keppel Infrastructure

Francesco Muggeri, Vice President, Power Discrete and Analog Products, APeC & China, STMicroelectronics

Moderator: Elsa Feng, Assistant Professor, Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology

In a world facing pressing environmental challenges, the built environment plays a pivotal role in the quest for a sustainable future. This presentation, "Building a Sustainable Future" explores sustainability in the built environment - with a focus on the groundbreaking concept of Zero energy and Positive Energy Buildings.

Through solutions such as Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) and Sustainable Urban Renewal (SUR), Keppel has been pushing the envelope in terms of sustainability for the built environment starting by effectively decarbonizing our own assets. Leveraging on decades of expertise across Keppel’s Real Estate and Infrastructure Divisions, our solutions represent game changers for asset owners – helping them to increase asset values while reducing operating costs.

Keppel will share case studies on two assets that are first of their kind in Singapore’s built environment: i) Keppel Bay Tower – Singapore’s first Green Mark Zero Energy Building and ii) Keppel Infrastructure @ Changi – Singapore’s first Green Mark 2021: Positive Energy Building.

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