05 February 2019
The National University of Singapore’s School of Design and Environment has embarked on an ambitious project to solve many of the urban living challenges facing Singapore, ranging from inefficient air-conditioning to providing sufficient ventilation in public buildings.
The school has recently launched a futuristic SDE4 Net-Zero Energy Building, which aims to become a living laboratory that will promote research collaboration in sustainable building design.
The six-storey SDE4 building is climate-responsive with net-zero energy consumption and it features a range of green building concepts, such as the harnessing of solar energy as well as a hybrid cooling approach.
In the ideal smart building, technology and science must work in tandem to create an indoor environment that is comfortable and that works for the comfort and health of its dwellers.
To heighten the sense of “home”, one example project that researchers will be undertaking at SDE4 is the development of a system capable of improving indoor aural comfort by picking ideal sound profiles to mask undesirable ambient noises.