FCL 1: Low Exergy

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Category Building
Duration 2010 – 2015

Singapore ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC)

National Research Foundation Singapore

Key Partners

em. Prof. Dr. Hansjuerg Leibundgut / Building Systems Group ETH Zurich

Prof. Dr. Patrick Janssen / National University Singapore (NUS)

Prof. Dr. Mo Li / Nanyang Technical University Singapore (NTU)

A/S Team A. Schlueter, F. Meggers, M. Mast, M. Bruelisauer, R. Inyegar, K. W. Chen, C. Li, E. Saber
Project Link http://www.fcl.ethz.ch/module/low-exergy/

As part of the Future Cities Lab Singapore, the Low Exergy Research Module aimed to advance the research on Low Exergy building systems (cooling, distributed ventilation and dehumidification, lighting) in a highly dense urban context. The primary research objective was the integrated design and operation of zero emission buildings. Following the low exergy approach, distributed building service systems were employed for the environmental management of building space. Advanced building automation systems and control strategies were researched for efficient operation by considering changing, dynamic weather conditions and occupancy. The research project addressed the building lifecycle from design to operation. This included approaches on integrated design using building information modelling and optimization, the development of new technical systems to cope with the challenging climate up to strategies of efficient operation supported by sensors and monitoring.

After being granted additional funding by the National Research Foundation Singapore, the FCL programme commenced its second phase in September 2015. Additional information is provided under FCL 2: Multi-Scale Energy Systems for Low Carbon Cities (MuSES)

Selected Publications

  • Bruelisauer, Marcel, Forrest Meggers, Esmail Saber, Cheng Li, and HansjŸuerg Leibundgut. "Stuck in a Stack: Temperature measurements of the microclimate around split type condensing units in a high rise building in Singapore," in: Energy and Buildings 71 (2014): 28-37.  DOI  E-Citations
  • Bruelisauer, Marcel, Kian Wee Chen, Rupesh Iyengar, Hansjuerg Leibundgut, Cheng Li, Mo Li, Matthias Mast, Forrest Meggers, Clayton Miller, Dino Rossi, Esmail Saber, and Arno Schlueter. "BubbleZERO: Design, construction and operation of a transportable research laboratory for low exergy building systems evaluation in the tropics," in: Energies 6.9 (2013): 4551-4751.  DOI  E-Citations
  • Bruelisauer, Marcel, Forrest Meggers, and Hansjuerg Leibundgut. (2013). "Choosing heat sinks for cooling in tropical climates," in: Frontiers of Architectural Research, 2:3 (2013): 292–300.  DOI
  • Meggers, Forrest, Volker Ritter, Philippe Goffin, Marc Baetschmann, and Hansjuerg Leibundgut. "Low exergy building systems implementation," in: Energy, 41:1 (2012): 48–55.  DOI 
  • Meggers, Forrest, Marcel Bruelisauer, Schlueter Arno, Luca Baldini, and Hansjuerg Leibundgut. "Air conditioning without so much air – Low exergy decentralized ventilation and radiant cooling systems," Paper presented at the 5th international Building Physics Conference (IBPC), Kyoto, Japan, May 28-31, 2012.  E-Citations
  • Meggers, Forrest, Hansjuerg Leibundgut, Sheila Kennedy, Menghao Qin, Mike Schlaich, Werner Sobek, and Masanori Shukuya. "Reduce CO2 from buildings with technology to zero emissions," in: Sustainable Cities and Society, 2:1 (2012): 29–36.  DOI
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