The University of California, Davis, is collaborating with the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to develop a lighting efficiency demonstration and training center in Singapore. Leaders from the three institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 12 stating goals and strategies for fostering sustainable lighting solutions through the new center.
“Singapore has been a leader in the energy efficiency arena,” says UC Davis Professor and CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch. “This close collaboration will help build new ideas and advance best practices for efficient lighting. It will bring together different perspectives and ideas while helping bridge barriers to sustainable lighting design, and it will be mutually beneficial in addressing our carbon reduction goals.”
CLTC was established in 2003 as part of the Department of Design at UC Davis. Like CLTC, the new Singapore center will follow a collaborative model, bringing academic researchers, manufacturers and government representatives together to achieve common goals through field demonstrations of new technologies and by providing education and training in the region.
Buildings and households consume approximately 49 percent of Singapore’s electricity, constituting almost half of the island state’s total electricity consumption. The new lighting demonstration and training center will help reduce energy demand for lighting by promoting awareness of best practices and energy-efficient lighting design principles.