Prof. Stephen Siu Yu LAU
Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
NUS-CDL Tropical Lab Strategies and Technologies
In line with the Technologies research cluster, the T2 Lab encompasses various research interests relevant to the architecture and building in the tropics. The current researches objectives are directed towards developing passive and active building technologies appropriate to Singapore and other equatorial regions in order to achieve low/zero carbon and sustainable buildings.
Especial emphasis is given to the integration of solar panels and farming systems into modular building facades and their impact on natural cross ventilation, daylight and thermal comfort. Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), both on the facades and on the roof will also be tested for the especial conditions of a warm-humid equatorial climate. The lab also includes other researches focusing on building materials and technologies such as tropical timber.
Therefore, the lab and its 60m2 testbed facility will propitiate the conception, exploration, development and implementation of the future façade and building technologies for Singapore and tropical regions considering the challenges of climate change and the potential use of technological innovation.