Technical Site Visits

HDB Centre of Building Research

The Centre of Building Research (CBR) is HDB’s master laboratory. Set up in 2009, it spearheads research and development (R&D) efforts in building and environmental sustainability, as well as nurtures new technologies for future generations of public housing.

The CBR focuses its R&D initiatives in 5 areas – Energy, Urban Greenery, Living Environment, Waste & Water, and Building Technology. This is aligned with HDB’s Roadmap to Better Living in HDB Towns to build ‘Sustainable Towns’. Prototypes of new technologies are developed and test-bedded at the CBR before implementation in HDB estates. The CBR brings to fruition, HDB Building Research Institute’s vision to be a leader in research, innovations and solutions in developing quality homes, and creating a pleasant, green living environment for its residents.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4.15 pm/40 pax only

Marina District Cooling

District cooling is a new urban utility which centralise the production of chilled water for air conditioning to developments within a district. DCS is, in fact, a “chilled water cloud”.

Singapore District Cooling was incorporated as one of the utility services for the Singapore’s new business district at Marina Bay. This is the world’s largest underground DCS which provides air conditioning, 24/7, for 23 iconic buildings in the premium financial district, including Marina Bay Sands and Marina Bay Financial Centre.

The Marina Bay DCS achieves world-class reliability and maintain high supply quality as there was no chilled water supply interruption since the first day of supply in 2005. With economic of scale, the system significantly reduces unused equipment capacity, saving costs and space. The thermal storage system reduces the capacity requirement of the electricity grid by storing chilled water at night and discharge when needed e.g. electricity outages. The plant also seamlessly integrated with the development which every part of the system is away from public view, making this huge industrial facility in the city centre “invisible”.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4 pm/30 pax only

Tuas Waste-To-Energy Plant

Tuas South Incineration Plant is the fourth and largest refuse incineration plant in Singapore.
Built at a cost of S$890 million and completed in June 2000, it was designed to incinerate
3,000 tonnes of refuse daily. The plant is sited on 10.5 ha of reclaimed land and enables all incinerable waste generated in Singapore to be disposed of by incineration. The Plant was built with state-of-the-art technology. The various processes are highly automated and controlled via a digital control system. Modern equipment incorporating advanced technology is used in the plant to ensure a high level of efficiency and reliability.

Incineration achieves about 90% reduction in volume of the refuse. Hence, all incinerable refuse are disposed of at the incineration plants while non incinerable refuse and ash from the incineration plants are disposed of at the Semakau Landfill. This helps to conserve the use of scarce land in Singapore. Tuas South Incineration Plant, together with the other incineration plants and the Semakau Landfill, will meet the refuse disposal needs of Singapore and help in achieving a clean living environment for all Singaporeans.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4 pm/30 pax only

Panasonic Vertical Farming

Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (PFSAP) has been known as one of global leaders in the design, manufacturing, assembly & exporter of high-accuracy Auto-insertion & Surface Mount Technology machineries widely used in various product applications namely consumer electronics, automotive & industrial.

Most people may not easily associate the brand “Panasonic” with agriculture business, but that is precisely the business that they recently ventured into. Inspired to answer the ever-increasing need for food security and demand for high quality food supply, PFSAP fused Panasonic’s technology and factory automation expertise into agriculture, creating a new motion in 2013.

Panasonic’s vision is to offer advanced systems and solutions in urban farming industry to promote sustainable healthy lifestyle globally. They are the first and currently the only company in Singapore which has attained both Farm License and Salad Processing License within a single site. Their signature product is the “Veggie Life” salad series which are available in most of the major supermarkets in Singapore.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 2.30 pm – 5 pm/40 pax only

Please note that the above technical sites have limited seat availability so registration is based on first-come-first-serve.

Please report to the registration counter on level 3 at Suntec Convention Centre on 21 July by 1.30 pm. Delegates will board the land transfer at Lobby Pick-up Point at designated timing. Timing will be announced during the conference and lateness will not be entertained.

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