A gift from CDL helps fund research into the space that we know as home, from building technologies to green innovations and the lifestyle choices we make.
The Singapore home, both as living space and a building, has come under the microscope thanks to a gift from City Developments Limited (CDL), a Singapore-listed international real estate operating company, to the NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE) to fund research into building innovations, sustainability, lifestyle and public policy development. The gift supports two new research laboratories: the NUS-CDL Smart Green Home and the NUS-CDL Tropical Technologies Laboratory (T2 Lab). These initiatives, which are also supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will further entrench Singapore’s position as a leading international Smart City and improve the quality of life in our highly urbanised environment.
The NUS-CDL T2 Lab is conceived as an adaptable indoor-outdoor research space that can be configured to test lifestyle scenarios, space-use configurations, features and technologies that are emerging or on the horizon.
Echoing the former Dean of SDE, Professor Heng Chye Kiang, the new Dean, Professor Lam Khee Poh, explained, “The purpose of the NUS-CDL T2 Lab is to examine integrated technology solutions for people-centric, climate-responsive buildings of the future. The research directions include “Healthy, Green Living” to find out how we integrate passive and active building systems, and “Future Lifestyles” to examine the adaptability of the Singapore home – its shell and fit-out – to ageing, safety and security, work-life balance, social and cultural expectations.”
The NUS-CDL Smart Green Home will serve as the platform to undertake experimental studies on smart features, green building technologies and design for sustainable living. Prof Heng says, “The NUS-CDL Smart Green Home will be designed as a world-class venue for testing, analysing, evaluating and piloting rapidly evolving smart home innovations in a “plug-and-play” and in a real-life environment. It will be devoted to investigating human centred smart materials, technologies and knowledge platforms that lead to enhanced health and comfort, quality of life, and a sustainable and connected future.”
Mr Grant Kelley, CDL Chief Executive Officer, said, “In support of the national vision for a smarter, greener and more liveable Singapore, CDL is excited to collaborate with NUS on the NUS-CDL Smart Green Home and T2 Lab, with EDB as our supporting partner. For over 20 years, CDL has championed leading-edge innovations in our projects to create impactful solutions and greater value for homeowners. With CDL’s expertise in pioneering sustainable building innovations, we look forward to sharing our industry knowledge and carrying out pilot testing at our future developments. The capabilities developed by the two NUS-CDL platforms will also set new benchmarks for our building industry, as Singapore gears up to become a smart and sustainable nation.”
The impact of research can be felt far beyond the walls of NUS and the shores of Singapore. To find out more about making a gift to fund a research project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-DEVELOP (1-800-338-3567).