Friday, July 29, 2011

Smart Meters ‘planted’ in Schools as part of a new Green Project

A collaboration between the Ministry of Education (MOE), IBM and and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) has brought forth further developments as schools will be installing Smart Meters, created to track the energy usage of each campus.

Students are also given responsibility as some will be chosen to be Ambassadors to help identify ways of reducing electricity consumption in their respective schools. The schools will span different types, with ITE College East the first school to be announced.

Under the one-year project, the schools will first establish how much energy they use. The three institutions spearheading the project will then work with them to reduce usage, especially in lighting and air-conditioning. Data from the meters will be uploaded to a shared server where the schools can look at each other's progress and share best practices.

The computer giant is funding the US$100,000 (S$121,000) cost of the project, which is expected to be completed by August next year. The target is for 80 per cent of buildings here to be certified with the Building and Construction Authority's Green Mark by 2030.

IBM is also funding 10 other projects worldwide - in health care, energy and food safety - as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations.

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