INNOVATION AND SMART TECHNOLOGIES

ENTERPRISE INNOVATION COMMITTEE

To inculcate a culture that challenges the status quo and push boundaries, the Enterprise Innovation Committee (EIC) was formed by CDL Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Sherman Kwek in 2018 to foster entrepreneurial thinking, greater creativity and an innovative spirit among employees. Chaired by CDL Group Chief Strategy Officer Mr Kwek Eik Sheng, the Committee comprises intrapreneurs from various departments who embrace “Think Big” and go beyond the status quo. It is an anchor platform for multidisciplinary teams to collaborate, seek latest ideas and best practices to drive innovation and business transformation in CDL. The Committee constantly identifies and reviews new ideas, projects and technologies focussing on enhancing customer experiences, productivity, sustainability, data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, block chain and any other solutions that will future-fit CDL’s business.

Productivity through Technologies

Building on our expertise in using prefabricated building methods in developments since the early 2000s, CDL became the first developer in Asia to adopt the advanced PPVC technology for our 638-units The Brownstone Executive Condominium (EC) in 2014. The Brownstone EC featured the world’s largest application of concrete PPVC for a large-scale private residential development.

The PPVC method is known to yield significantly higher productivity and construction quality, while enhancing worksite safety and reducing waste. As prefabrication happens offsite, fewer workers are required onsite, leading to fewer accidents and less downtime, as well as cleaner worksites and less waste generated. In the case of The Brownstone EC, using PPVC has raised construction productivity by over 40%, saved 55,000 man days, and kept waste generation to significantly below CDL’s stringent internal waste targets. The worksite also experienced zero fatality and accident.

In recognition of our efforts to raise construction productivity through innovative technology, CDL was conferred the Platinum accolade by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in the 2017 Construction Productivity Awards4.

For CDL’s current developments Boulevard 88 and The Singapore EDITION, we adopted the use of virtual design and construction technology during the design development phase. Using an architectural 3D model, CDL was able to optimise the building orientation and make informed decisions for the facade shading, site ventilation and building layout. Productivity gain is expected to be approximately 50%, while heat gain is expected to be 20% less for these developments.

4 Build Smart, a Construction Productivity Magazine by BCA released in August/September 2017

Smart Home and Office Solutions

CDL has long been committed to adopting technology based home and office solutions in our residential, commercial and retail developments. Some of the more recent initiatives include:

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Development Projects Initiative Features and Benefits
Whistler Grand (Under development, TOP 2022) Wireless SMART Home System in all units
  • Smart Voice Assistant controls smart home devices, provides news information and calendar reminders, and plays music via voice control
  • Smart Digital Lockset locks and unlocks doors remotely
  • Smart Lighting Control and Air Conditioner Control automates lights and air-conditioning remotely
  • Smart Door Sensor monitors the opening of doors for added security
  • Smart Home Gateway with Pan and Tilt Camera allows residents to conduct remote surveillance and trigger a siren during unauthorised door openings
Boulevard 88 (Under development,TOP 2021) Wireless SMART Home System in all units
  • Audio Video Telephony System allows connection and communication with Guard House and Visitor Call Panels through residents’ personal devices Smart Voice Assistant controls smart home devices, provides news information and calendar reminders, and plays music via voice control
  • Smart Digital Lockset locks and unlocks doors remotely
  • Smart Lighting Control and Air Conditioner Control automates lights and air-conditioning remotely
  • Smart Door Sensor monitors the opening of doors for added security
The Tapestry (Under development, TOP 2021) Wireless SMART Home System in all units
  • Smart Voice Assistant controls smart home devices, provides news information and calendar reminders, and plays music via voice control
  • Smart Digital Lockset locks and unlocks doors remotely
  • Smart Lighting Control and Air Conditioner Control automates lights and air-conditioning remotely
  • Smart Door Sensor monitors the opening of doors for added security
  • Smart Home Gateway with Pan and Tilt Camera allows residents to conduct remote surveillance and trigger a siren during unauthorised door openings
Forest Woods (Under development, TOP 2020) Smart Home Technology in all units
  • Smart Home Centre (Lite) controls smart devices and sensors installed easily
  • Smart Door Sensor monitors the opening of doors for added security
  • Smart IP Camera monitors what is happening at home when residents are away
  • Smart Lighting Control and Air Conditioner Control automates lights and air-conditioning remotely
Eling Palace, Chongqing, China (Completed in 2017) Smart Home Energy Management System
  • Track and manage power usage of various home devices on a single platform, enabling users to save energy in real-time
  • Lighting control system allows users to customise different lighting settings for their homes, and can be remotely controlled
  • Keyless access system allows the simultaneous activation of music, lighting and air-conditioning upon entry
  • Energy-efficient air conditioners with integrated timer function and sensor, coupled with automated windows reduce energy consumption
  • Motorised windows and curtains ensure adequate ambient lighting, good ventilation, and comfortable indoor temperatures at all times
Echelon (Completed in 2016) Home Energy Monitoring Systems (HEMS) – firstof- its-kind smart home solution prototyped in collaboration with Daiwa House from Japan
  • Monitors home energy usage
  • Controls air-conditioners and lighting usage via hand-held smart devices like iPads
  • Home users can set alerts to themselves via email or SMS if their energy usage exceeds a pre-determined limit
  • Offers greater convenience and proactive energy management
Building Management Initiative Features and Benefits
Republic Plaza CDL Smart Building Mobile Apps
  • Adopts the latest Internet of Things technology for intelligent parking systems and mobile facilities booking systems
  • Increases tenant productivity while enhancing ease and convenience
City House City Square Mall Central Mall Office Tower Fuji Xerox Towers King’s Centre Palais Renaissance Republic Plaza Chiller Plant Optimisation System
  • Tracks performance and makes adjustments automatically according to the parameters
  • Ensures optimal efficiency at all times
Central Mall Office Tower City House City Square Mall Fuji Xerox Towers Republic Plaza Web-based Remote Monitoring System for Chiller Plant Performance
  • Operators can remotely receive and monitor first-hand information of chiller system performance
  • System enables proper actions to be taken when deviation is detected
  • Drawing from our experience, we have embarked on an extended pilot with BCA for a chiller efficiency smart portal. Progressively, more buildings will be added to this pilot project
Central Mall Office Tower City Square Mall Fuji Xerox Towers King’s Centre
Palais Renaissance Republic Plaza Tagore 23
Carpark Lighting Motion Sensors
  • Auto dimming of carpark lighting to 30% during low usage
  • Lights will turn up to 100% when sensors detect movements

Collaboration with Academia for R&D

NUS-CDL Smart Green Home

This test laboratory set up like a two-bedroom apartment will run trials for new building solutions, such as energy-efficient ways to cool the interior of homes, improve indoor air quality and the comfort level of sustainable homes of the future. The flexible configuration within the Smart Green Home allows ease of setup for experiments to be conducted. It is located at the School of Design and Environment Building (named SDE4) which was officially opened by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Minister for Finance on 31 January 2019.

NUS-CDL Tropical Technologies Laboratory (T2 Lab)

Operational since early 2018, this is another collaboration between CDL and the SDE. The 107m2 laboratory aims to enable researchers to examine integrated technology solutions for people-centric, climate-responsive buildings of the future, particularly for intensified, compact urban environments like Singapore.


SDE’s R&D team, led by Professor Lam Khee Poh, hosted a visit to the NUS-CDL T2 Laboratory for the CDL’s Enterprise Innovation Committee and management representatives, led by Group CEO Sherman Kwek in August 2018.