Work has begun on a building at the National University of Singapore that will generate as much energy as it consumes. The NZEB@SDE project was designed by Singapore firm, Multiply Architects and international practice, Serie Architects. It will be the first purpose-built net-zero-energy building commissioned by a Singaporean college. NZEB@SDE will generate energy through 1,200 solar panels on its roof and has a hybrid cooling system to reduce demands from air-conditioning. The design uses the architectural concept of “floating boxes”, with a shallow plan and porous layouts to allow for cross-breezes, natural lighting and views of the outdoors. The building will include communal spaces on different levels, providing places for social interaction as well as displays of student work and visiting exhibitions. NZEB@SDE will also act as a “living laboratory” to promote research collaboration with public agencies and industry partners. The building will house teaching and research facilities such as design studios, research laboratories, workshops, a 3D scanning laboratory and the NUS-JTC Industrial Innovation Centre.
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