New applied research centre for sustainable lighting by 2015

Singapore will have a new applied research centre for sustainable lighting by 2015. The Singapore Green Building Council and the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of California, Davis's California Lighting Technology Centre (CLTC) to develop Singapore's own Lighting Technology Centre.

The memorandum was signed as part of the new sustainable lighting initiative announced at the council's 4th anniversary dinner on Thursday, where Minister for Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan was the guest-of-honour.

Modelled after California's lighting centre which was set up in 2003, Singapore's new centre will focus on promoting more energy efficient solutions to the nation's lighting usage, from residential and industrial buildings to street lighting.

While previous Green Building Masterplans have focused on making space cooling, like air-conditioners more energy efficient, the council said that lighting is just as important, as it accounts for about 15 to 20 per cent of a building's energy use.