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Cooling Singapore's fixation with air-conditioning in its buildings

Singapore faces a conundrum: The climate is hot and so air-conditioners are needed. But using them heats up the environment. Are there ways to build that boost natural ventilation and hence reduce the need for air-conditioning?

On most days, I take a jacket with me whenever I leave the house, even though the weather app on my iPhone tells me it is 31 deg C outdoors.

The extra layer comes in handy almost everywhere I go - the office, conference rooms, malls and even certain bus interchanges.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2020, with the headline 'Cooling Singapore's fixation with air-conditioning in its buildings'. Print Edition | Subscribe