IES Sustainability Awards

IES Sustainability Awards

The IES Sustainability Awards, originated in 2023, recognise outstanding achievements of engineering projects and initiatives that promote sustainability and innovation. The awards are given to an organisation or persons responsible for an outstanding engineering project in sustainability.

The awards comprise three categories:

  • Completed engineering projects with sustainability features and practices: demonstrate the use of sustainable features and practices, including green buildings, renewable energy installations, or sustainable infrastructure.

  • Innovative solutions for sustainability: reduce environmental impact and carbon footprints via new technologies, products, or services that promote sustainability

  • Promising start-ups for sustainability: potential and level of innovation in their products or services


2023 Winners

Category: Completed Engineering Projects

Phase 2 Intensification Project at BCA Braddell Campus by Building and Construction Authority

The Phase 2 Intensification Project is a showcase of highly productivity construction technologies and sustainable solutions, with best-in-class sustainability solutions delivered though a collaborative contracting approach, anchored on highly digitalized work processes, which provides the setting for transformation of our BE sector. The project was recently awarded MND Minister Award 23 for its novel approach.


Indoor Vertical Hydroponics Farming using Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) by ITE College West

This project focuses on the practical implementation of an Indoor Vertical Hydroponics Farming system in alignment with the Singapore Green Plan 2030. Through the utilization of the Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) and LED lighting, this system aims to maximize plant growth within limited space. By establishing and maintaining the hydroponics system, cultivating specific vegetable varieties, and evaluating its impact, this project contributes to the realization of sustainable farming practices within homes, supporting the goals of the Singapore Green Plan and fostering community-level food production.


Sustainable Road Paving Solutions for a Greener Future by Land Transport Authority

This submission presents an overview of LTA's long-standing green initiatives, highlighting 2 completed projects: (i) environmentally sustainable asphalt mix to reduce traffic noise on expressways near residential buildings, and (ii) warm mix asphalt for lower emissions and smoke during paving, to support sustainability in road construction.


PSA Tuas Maintenance Base by PSA Corporation Ltd

PSA Tuas Maintenance Base has been awarded BCA Green Mark Award (Platinum) (Super Low Energy). BCA has also awarded GBIC (Green Building Innovation Cluster) with the Highest Funding of S$3M. The write up of the project is uploaded as attached. The project has achieved an energy saving of 57.2% based on the final Measurement and Verifications report submitted to BCA and meet the GBIC target of 58% compared to the minimum criteria of 44%. The GBIC technologies cover four Green Building categories including:

1) Air Conditioning System
2) Smart Control System
3) Passive Design System
4) BAPV (Building Applied
Photovoltaics) System


Category: Innovative Project/Solution for Sustainability

Solarisation of Singapore’s Industrial Estates by JTC Corporation

JTC has been actively promoting and supporting sustainability initiatives in Singapore’s industrial landscape, in alignment with the national sustainability vision under the SG Green Plan 2030. One of the key initiatives that JTC undertook since 2017 is the implementation of a targeted approach to drive solarisation efforts across its industrial land
and properties throughout the country. JTC has developed SolarRoof & SolarLand programmes coupled with solar policy frameworks to simplify and increase accessibility to solar adoption for JTC and the industrialists.


Sustainable Green Station – Intelligent HVAC with AI-enabled energy optimisation system for Greener MRT Stations by SMRT Corporation

Singapore’s first underground stations to use Predictive Artificial Intelligence (AI) to generate real-time data analytics and automatic optimisation of air-conditioning control parameters to reduce energy consumption while providing a comfortable commuting experience for more than 2 million passengers daily. The complex condition poses by large number of commuters that move through the MRT stations, coupled with the lagging effect of existing legacy HVAC control systems behaviour, were analysed, and modelled. An optimisation strategy leveraging model that uses predictive AI on past and real-time data were developed and employed in two trial stations to reduce energy consumption. SMRT Sustainable Green Station innovation for 70 underground stations is expected to reduce over 7,000 Megawatt Hours (MWh), based on at least 5% energy savings, which will reduce carbon footprint up to 3 million kg CO2 annually. This is equivalent to the annual average energy used by about 1,500 four-room HDB flats. For the Green Station implemented at CCL Paya Lebar Station, an average energy savings of 8% has been demonstrated. This was higher than the 5% energy savings project target and is expected to further improve with the continual training of the AI model.


Smart Energy Town by Housing and Development Board

In a typical HDB block, residential energy usage accounts for approximately 90% of the block's energy usage, of which cooling takes up a substantial portion. For the first in public housing, Housing and Development Board has partnered with Singapore Power (SP) Group to bring Centralised Cooling System (CCS) to public housing. Compared with traditional district cooling, HDB locates the chiller plants on the rooftop of selected HDB blocks (removing the need for dedicated land space to house these chiller plants) and interconnecting them for greater system resilience which allows our residents to enjoy a more energy efficient alternative to conventional split unit air-conditioning.


The Accelerated Catalyst Development Platform (ACDP) by Institute of Sustainability for Chemicals, Energy and Environment

Development of finely engineered and robust catalysts for sustainability applications, such as carbon capture and utilization (CCU), is challenging and time-consuming process. Accelerated Catalyst Development Platform (ACDP) is a flagship A*STAR project, which integrates expertise from three A*STAR institutes (ISCE2, IMRE, IHPC) for high throughput experimentation & Automation (catalyst synthesis workstation for parallel synthesis of 16 catalysts and catalyst testing system for parallel testing of 16 catalysts under wide range of operating conditions), Machine learning, and high performance molecular and provides unique platform to discover and develop heterogeneous catalytic processes faster to reduce the deployment time by at least a factor of 5. In a short time, the platform has been proven very suitable by applying to four industry projects related to CO2 valorization to sustainable aviation fuels and key chemical building blocks and achieved impressive improvements in desired product yields, thus highlighting its sustainability potential.


Category: Promising Start-up for Sustainability

Castomize – 4D-Printed Orthopaedic Casts by Temasek Polytechnic

A spin-off established in-late 2022, from the Singapore University of Technology and Design and an Incubatee at Temasek Polytechnic, Castomize is a pioneering medical device startup that is on a mission to make healthcare more accessible, effective, and less invasive. For our first device, we have used 4D-printing techniques, which is the process of using 3D printing techniques to create an object that is able to change its shape or properties in a predictable way over time in reaction to stimuli such as exposure to water, air, heat, or an electric current, to develop a groundbreaking solution to revolutionize fracture healing and establish the new global standard of fracture treatment, which we are submitting in this IES PEAA proposal. The invention is a series of 4D-printed orthopaedic casts which benefit all stakeholders involved in the fracture healing process.


Flint Paper Battery by Flint

We are working on eco-friendly paper batteries, crafted from natural and non-toxic materials, offering enhanced sustainability, safety, and cost efficiency compared to traditional lithium batteries. With research and development completed, we are now making significant progress towards commercialization and large-scale manufacturing, backed by esteemed institutions including Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, National Youth Council, and the United Nations. With it, we aim to accelerate the world's transition to green energy, empowering the future with greener batteries.