Overlooking the waterfront, the new campus preserves an existing forest around the scenic tree-lined Heritage Trail, giving it a distinctive ‘campus-in-a-park’ identity.
Academic blocks are organised to encompass the central forest courtyard, which will be transformed into an accessible Community Park.
This serves as the heart of SIT, contributing to a strong sense of place, that is characterised by nodes for interaction, recreation, and rejuvenation.
A unified smart energy network
Exemplifying the ‘living lab’ concept is the setting up of Southeast Asia’s first Multi-Energy Micro-Grid (MEMG), a collaborative research venture between SIT and SP Group, at the future campus. Once installed, SIT will have approximately 10,000 square metres of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels installed on the buildings’ rooftops.
The MEMG will supplement the power supply to the campus, hence reducing the overall reliance on the main utility grid and contributing to its target of being self-sustainable in the long run.
In addition, the MEMG will also serve as a living experimental lab to support the research, development and test-bedding of distributed energy systems, as well as cyber-security solutions.
Towards energy-efficient buildings
The new SIT campus will also be home to two Super Low Energy (SLE) buildings - Block E4 Food Court Building and Block E5 Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) Building. Touted to be one of the best-in-class energy-efficient buildings in Singapore, both buildings aim to achieve at least 40% energy savings, based on prevailing code.
The Food Court Building adopts a hybrid cooling model to cool the space, and also equips it with a Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) roof that generates renewable energy for power. To ensure that the method of construction of the Food Court Building is both productive and sustainable, Mass Engineering Timber (MET) is used.
The MPH adopts a passive displacement ventilation model for efficient cooling and uses shading devices on windows extensively to achieve high solar heat reduction.
The BCA Green Mark is a green building rating system that evaluates a building for its environmental impact and performance. The buildings at the future SIT campus are designed to be climate-responsive, energy- and resource-efficient, with healthier indoor environments. These features adhere to the Platinum level, the highest BCA Green Mark standard.