As Singapore moves toward a more knowledge-based economy, with more investments in research and development, more laboratories are being developed. Laboratories and other high-technology facilities such as cleanrooms and hospitals consume five to 10 times the amount of energy when compared to office buildings because they are very unique in operation and energy demand. Therefore it is critical to address the unique energy efficiency challenges for these facilities which are vastly different than typical office buildings.
The I2SL Singapore Chapter (also known as Singapore Sustainable Laboratory Group) has the following objectives:
Encourage sustainable design and operation of laboratories in Singapore.
Develop local expertise in building and operating sustainable laboratories.
Encourage the development of studies on laboratory building resource use and environmental performance.
Encourage the development of local guidelines for and case studies featuring high-performance laboratories.