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Electrical & Electronic Engineer
Ahmad Nadim Bin Zainal
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Ong Boon Kheng
Ng Sian Ching
Gng Zi Xiang
Lee Sin Yee
Farhan Abdul Rahman
Electrical & Electronic Engineer
Ahmad Nadim bin Zainal
Dinesh Muthu Kumarasamy
Wong Kai Qi, Sharlene
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering),
2nd Class Honours (Upper),
National University of Singapore
Being part of the Housing & Development Board (HDB)’s Building & Research Institute, the only constant is change. To create better homes for residents, it is our job to improve what works, and change what does not.
For example, in 2012, we started our HDB Greenprint programme, which is a community-centric approach to bringing green and sustainable living into existing towns. The first pilot neighbourhood of HDB Greenprint in Yuhua was successfully completed in November 2015. Working together with residents, we implemented solar panels, replaced outdoor lamps with energy-efficient LED ones, commissioned rainwater harvesting systems, and created dual bicycle racks across the neighbourhood. These actions not only allow scarce resources such as energy and water to be better utilised, but also provide more convenience in residents’ day-to-day living.
But we do not stop there. Taking this a step further, we are leveraging smart technology to make our efforts even more beneficial.
For example, we have electrical and water sub-meters installed across the neighbourhood, which allows us to better analyse and optimise resource consumption patterns in our blocks. We are also working together with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to make use of sensors to study and understand the residents’ usage patterns of public amenities within the neighbourhood. This allows us to better plan for our public spaces and amenities, and we go so far as to re-design existing spaces if necessary.
We always have our eyes on the future; to do our part to ensure that our towns are well-designed, vibrant, and sustainable. The HDB Greenprint is just one example of how my work allows me to be involved in this.
Engineering is a training of the mind; to know when it is appropriate to take a certain step, and to know how to break a complex problem down into simpler, more manageable ones. The draw about engineering is that you are constantly challenged; on how to challenge the norm and make things better than they already are. This skillset is especially useful in my area of work, which usually involves studies on new technology that has not been done before, and tweaking it into something that can be easily applicable in Singapore.
For example, we conducted studies on solar panels in early years, and established its technical feasibility in our HDB blocks. However, even though we saw the potential in solar panels in Singapore’s tropical climate, the fact was that solar panels were very costly, unsustainable and cost-effective. This was a real restriction which prevented our widespread adoption of solar panels.
Through industry consultations, literature study, and analysis of business models adopted in other countries, we came up with the Solar Leasing business model for our solar panel deployment. This was a game changer when we called our first Solar Leasing tender in 2011. Not only do we reduce the amount of capital that we need to pay, the Solar Leasing model also allows a sustainable profit-sharing framework for the vendors, ensuring that the solar panels can be maintained and kept operational in a sustainable manner. Over time, this spurred greater interest from the solar panel industry, and in one of our later Solar Leasing tenders awarded in 2014, we no longer needed to pay any upfront cost for the solar panels. Having established ourselves at the forefront of solar panel deployment in Singapore, we eventually took up the role of leading the procurement of solar panels for the Whole-of-Government (WOG) as part of the WOG’s SolarNova initiative.
And this is why solar panels are becoming increasingly common across all of our public sector buildings.
Engineering allows you to really make a difference to the world you live in. For example, we live in a world with limited resources, such as fossil fuels. The question is then how can we make the best use of what we have, or can we do something totally different? Personally, I have an interest in clean and renewable energy. Taking the above example, if you take a look around the HDB blocks across Singapore, you will see solar panels progressively being installed at our HDB rooftops. This is the little part in which I am able to contribute to make this difference, and being an Engineer in HDB has allowed me to do so. You get to see the fruits of your labour taking actual form.
As seen from the examples given, you have to be ready to take on challenges; to be able to see things not just from a different view, but from multiple different viewpoints. Often, the best solution may not be the most obvious one, and it is your job and ability as an Engineer to know the difference. In order to do that, you must have a passion for learning. Technology and processes are evolving at a rapid pace, and you must never stop learning to be able to make a difference.
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