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Singapore unveils ‘SkyLab’ to test energy-efficient technologies

Singapore's new rooftop 'SkyLab' will be used to test an array of energy-efficiency building technologies.

To see the future of energy-efficient architecture in the tropics, look to a rooftop in Singapore.

The city-state’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) announced the debut of SkyLab, a cutting-edge, rotating facility described as the first of its kind in the world.

It will be used to test an array of energy-efficiency technologies, such as LED lighting and “chilled beam” systems that use recirculated water to cool warm air. The lab also will serve as a test bed for facade designs that can keep buildings cool inside. By rotating the lab, researchers can evaluate how the angle of the sun affects various innovations.

The project is a collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. It is modeled after Lawrence Berkeley’s FLEXLAB (Facility for Low Energy Experiments in Buildings), the BCA says. Eco-Business.com reports that Singapore’s version is located on the roof of the newly inaugurated Academic Tower, the education and research arm of BCA.

Watch a virtual flythrough below. 

Source: 
Building and Construction Authority (BCA)

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