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||
|Boulevard 88 (Under development,TOP 2021)||Wireless SMART Home System in all units||
|The Tapestry (Under development, TOP 2021)||Wireless SMART Home System in all units||
|Forest Woods (Under development, TOP 2020)||Smart Home Technology in all units||
|Eling Palace, Chongqing, China (Completed in 2017)||Smart Home Energy Management System||
|Echelon (Completed in 2016)||Home Energy Monitoring Systems (HEMS) – firstof- its-kind smart home solution prototyped in collaboration with Daiwa House from Japan||
|Building Management||Initiative||Features and Benefits|
|Republic Plaza||CDL Smart Building Mobile Apps||
|City House City Square Mall Central Mall Office Tower Fuji Xerox Towers King’s Centre Palais Renaissance Republic Plaza||Chiller Plant Optimisation System||
|Central Mall Office Tower City House City Square Mall Fuji Xerox Towers Republic Plaza||Web-based Remote Monitoring System for Chiller Plant Performance||
|Central Mall Office Tower City Square Mall Fuji Xerox Towers King’s Centre
Palais Renaissance Republic Plaza Tagore 23
|Carpark Lighting Motion Sensors||
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.