How Singapore’s most sustainable industrial building generates more energy than it uses

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Samwong Sustainable Building

Climate Impact Partners recognizes that “climate commitments among the Fortune Global 500 continue to grow, but greater ambition and scope of the targets is needed.” Further, the Net Zero Stocktake 2023 report reveals that companies making net-zero commitments are not often supporting those goals with credible plans. 

These observations emphasize the need for careful planning to transform climate ambition into action. This is why Schneider Electric’s 3-step approach to net zero is proving successful. It’s helping us and our customers:

  1. Strategize a practical roadmap
  2. Digitize operations to support data-driven decisions and
  3. Decarbonize all three emissions scopes within new or existing facilities.

For example, our Technopole building in Grenoble, France, achieved net-zero operation and a LEED Platinum rating. Another recent success comes from Singapore, where the new headquarters of leading construction group Samwoh Corporation sets a national benchmark for innovation and sustainability.

I recently spoke with Sam Pang, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Samwoh, to discuss their sustainability approach.

The government’s Singapore Green Plan 2030 introduced ambitious targets, including greening 80% of buildings (by gross floor area), ensuring 80% of new developments are Super Low Energy buildings, and achieving an 80% improvement in energy efficiency for best-in-class green buildings by 2030. Samwoh Corporation supports these goals by taking action to drive the transformation towards a greener, low-carbon urban environment.

To maximize energy efficiency in our new headquarters, we selected two trusted partners who shared our goals for sustainability and innovation in support of a greener future. We worked closely with Schneider Electric and its local system integrator DG Energy Controls to help our Smart Hub maximize energy efficiency while optimizing its chiller plant system. DG Energy Controls delivered a tailored solution based on Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure™ Building Operation next-generation building management system (BMS).

EcoStruxure Building Operation is part of a connected ecosystem of smart devices, software, apps, and services that seamlessly collects all real-time energy consumption and production data. The system delivers several capabilities:

  • PowerLogic power meters, PowerTag wireless sensors, smart MasterPact MTZ, and ComPact NSX circuit breakers accurately measure energy use in real time. These technologies allow real-time energy tracking via BMS so our facilities team can collect historical energy data and make sound decisions on system optimization.
  • SpaceLogic smart sensors optimize temperature and humidity based on occupancy.
  • EVlink Smart Wallbox EV charging stations offer metering, reporting, billing, and remote maintenance capabilities.
  • The BMS continually monitors and analyzes the building’s energy, helping us make informed decisions to improve energy performance. For example, it uses pre-chilled water in our thermal energy storage (TES) tank to optimize the energy consumption of chillers without compromising thermal comfort of the building.  
  • The open, future-ready digital building platform includes cloud-based analytics and a centralized dashboard to unify energy and utility data monitoring across our Smart Hub facility. With this consolidated overview of the energy consumption levels across individual technologies, we can better understand electrical patterns and optimize usage with just a click. The system also alerts the Samwoh team of any power risks and warns of any equipment abnormality, allowing the facilities team to tackle equipment faults before a system failure occurs.

These capabilities have enabled increased efficiency while optimizing on-site renewables, helping us decarbonize and realize a 50% savings in annual utility costs.

In addition, the solutions delivered by Schneider Electric and DG Energy Controls helped our Smart Hub achieve the prestigious BCA Green Mark Platinum (Positive Energy) for Industrial Buildings Award.

The building is powered by 2,588 solar panels. With these panels, we are looking at harvesting 950,000 kWh to 1,100,000 kWh per annum. The building is highly efficient, using less than 60 kWh of energy per square meter yearly. As a result, we can send 25% of the solar electricity we generate back to the national grid. This makes our new headquarters Singapore’s first industrial building that produces more energy than it consumes.

The Samwoh Smart Hub is the first industrial building of its kind in Singapore to achieve this exceptional level of efficiency and sustainability. It shows what is possible with strong partnerships, planning, and technologies. Together with Schneider Electric, we are committed to creating a future where every building in Singapore is a symbol of progress and environmental stewardship. This includes setting meaningful examples for the industrial built environment sector to help achieve the nation’s green goals.

Beyond the energy-positive headquarters, our team is constantly looking into improving the energy efficiency of current systems. We are also optimizing our operations and business activities for sustainability while promoting a sustainable and green culture amongst our employees. Watch our video or download the case study to learn more about the Samwoh Smart Hub.

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