Singapore unveils green bulding ‘skylab’
Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has recently opened the doors of its new $4.5 million BCA Skylab – a high-rise rotatable lab for the tropics that is billed as the first of its kind in the world. The 360-degree revolving laboratory is developed in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
Wan Man Pun, assistant professor and principal investigator, Nanyang Technological University said the lab will allow “test-bedding of multiple technologies and interactions between technologies, which will provide new insights to building sciences research”. According to the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, the facility will play an important role in the environmental sustainability drive. The BCA Skylab’s unique rotating feature means it can simulate different building orientations and test technologies under real world conditions.