Innovation Challenges

Challenge Owner(s) CapitaLand
Organiser(s) CapitaLand
Industry Type(s) Real Estate
Application Start Date 10 November 2020
Application End Date 17 February 2021
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About Challenge

Can the built environment be part of the solution to climate change?

The buildings and construction sector consumes 36% of the world's energy and accounts for more than one-third of annual carbon emissions. We must rethink the way we design, build and operate our buildings to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C this century, combatting climate change and ensuring the well-being of building occupants and users. We need collective action from real estate developers, enterprises, government, and society to develop ground-breaking solutions for waste reduction, energy and water efficiency improvements, and healthy and safe buildings. 

Do you want to pave the way for sustainability in the built environment? Have an idea to slash the carbon footprint and water usage of buildings? Know of ways to give construction-related waste a new lease of life?

From 10 November 2020 to 17 February 2021, the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge is calling for proposals across the globe to make buildings more climate-resilient and resource-efficient. Two winners will each stand a chance to secure up to S$50,000 in project funding, mentoring by a CapitaLand business leader and the exclusive opportunity to kickstart a viable pilot, test and implement innovations with CapitaLand.  

Are you ready for the challenge?

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Challenge Owner(s)CapitaLand
Industry Types(s)
Electronics, Environmental Services

CapitaLand

Water conservation & resilience

Abnormalities in water usage and leakages if left undetected lead to unnecessary water usage and increase in operating costs. Such incidences could happen anytime anywhere. It could arise due to irresponsible user behaviour and/or aging or extensive use of water fixtures, tubing, valves and other components areas in the building (e.g. Air- conditioned spaces, restrooms, chilled water plant rooms). Existing IOT solutions come at a high cost of implementation, while water monitoring and leakage detection solutions often involve installation of multiple monitoring devices and extensive cabling.

To continue to improve water efficiency and reduce water wastage at our properties, CapitaLand seeks innovations and solutions that could cost effectively detect abnormal water usage and leakage.

What We Are Looking For

We seek solutions to detect changes in water usage patterns and/or leakage for the portfolio of CapitaLand’s properties that meet the following requirements:

  • Accurate leak analysis - Risk based approach to effectively monitor water consumption and identify location of water leakage
  • Timely detection - Near real time detection of leaks or abnormal water consumption
  • Cost efficient - strong financial benefits relative to its cost
  • Ready to pilot - at least Technological Readiness Level 6 with proof of concept

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Challenge Owner(s)CapitaLand
Industry Types(s)Energy & Chemicals

CapitaLand

Low carbon transition

Low-energy buildings are characterised by energy-efficient design and systems that provide high standards of occupant comfort at low energy consumption. A combination of passive strategies (e.g. solar shading, natural ventilation, daylighting), active strategies (e.g. energy efficient HVAC, energy efficient artificial lighting), and energy management (e.g. building automation, smart control, and plug-load management) can be adopted to significantly reduce an existing building energy consumption. However, not all solutions can be effectively deployed at an existing building given its site constraints.

CapitaLand seeks innovations and technologies that can push the boundaries of energy efficiency in buildings as we strive towards super-low energy beyond highest rating in national green building standards across the globe.

What We Are Looking For

We seek solutions that significantly reduce energy consumption for the portfolio of CapitaLand’s properties that meet the following requirements:

  • Measurable and trackable - clear calculation methods of energy consumption and auditable data
  • Occupant experience - occupant comfort and experience in the building are not compromise
  • Relative ease of implementation - implemented with minimal disruption to business operations
  • Small installation footprint - suitable for installation within limited space available in our existing properties
  • Carbon reduction - measurable reduction in carbon emission
  • Cost efficient - strong financial benefits relative to its cost
  • Ready to pilot - at least Technological Readiness Level 6 with proof of concept

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Challenge Owner(s)CapitaLand
Industry Types(s)Environmental Services

CapitaLand

Water conservation & resilience

Water scarcity and poor access to potable water have driven building owners to search for alternate sustainable source of water. Greywater can be reclaimed for reuse. Rainwater can also be harvested and treated for higher value usage. However, integration of such alternate water supplies into existing properties typically require significant retrofitting of pipes and storage systems.

CapitaLand would like to explore innovative solutions and technologies to use alternative sources of water, taking into consideration the existing piping and infrastructure in our existing buildings.

What We Are Looking For

We seek solutions to harvest and recycle water for the portfolio of CapitaLand’s properties that meet the following requirements:

  • Ease of integration in existing buildings - collection, piping and treatment of water without major retrofit works
  • Small installation footprint - suitable for installation within limited space available in our existing properties
  • Cost efficient - strong financial benefits relative to its cost
  • Multiple purpose - collected/treated water to have multiple applications (e.g. shower, drinking, washing, flushing)
  • Energy efficient/low carbon - low carbon footprint and consume reasonable amount of energy
  • Ready to pilot - at least Technological Readiness Level 6 with proof of concept

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Challenge Owner(s)CapitaLand
Industry Types(s)Environmental Services

CapitaLand

Waste management & circular economy

Waste segregation is an integral part of proper waste management that requires cooperation from multiple stakeholders along the value chain. While dedicated recycling bins are deployed at CapitaLand properties, the challenge resides in raising consumer awareness and behaviour around segregation and recycling. There are also innovations such as image recognition, artificial intelligence and robotics to separate waste post-collection, but these solutions are expensive to implement and may not be effective if contamination of recyclables materials has already occurred.

Properly segregated waste can be valuable resource inputs into other value chains. Reframing waste as resources can create new business models that maximise value from waste, leading to new markets for products and materials recovered from waste.

CapitaLand seeks to explore new solutions and technologies that can be deployed to reshape consumer behaviour and incentivise waste segregation efficacy at source for recycling and treatment.

What We Are Looking For

We seek solutions to improve the efficacy of recyclable waste (e.g. food waste, plastic waste) segregation at source for the portfolio of CapitaLand’s properties that meet the following requirements:

  • Call to action - solutions that include educating and engaging stakeholders in waste segregation
  • Measurable and trackable - clear calculation methods of increase in properly segregated waste and/or lower level of recyclable waste contamination and auditable data
  • Cost efficient - strong financial benefits relative to its cost
  • Ready to pilot - at least Technological Readiness Level 6 with proof of concept

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Challenge Owner(s)CapitaLand
Industry Types(s)Environmental Services

CapitaLand

Waste management & circular economy

Venturing beyond the existing take-make-waste economic model, a circular economy (also referred to as “circularity”) is a concept aimed at limiting waste and promoting the continual use of resources. It employs reuse, sharing, repair, re-create and recycling to create a closed-looped economic system.

Waste from building occupants and users such as guests in serviced apartments, shoppers and tenants in shopping malls, and tenants in office buildings present an untapped potential for circularity. There could similarly be opportunities for circularity for construction waste. Currently, the challenges faced are in forging the right partnerships to create an ecosystem for circularity and solutions that can cost effectively repurpose one’s waste into high-value products.

CapitaLand seeks innovations for circularity to reduce pressure on environment, improve security of raw materials supply, and deliver long term economic value.

What We Are Looking For

We seek solutions to enhance circularity for the portfolio of CapitaLand’s properties/sites that meet the following requirements:

  • Measurable and trackable - clear calculation methods of circularity and auditable data
  • Enhanced ecosystem for circularity - Partnerships, programs, platforms and/or solutions to close the loop
  • New channels for circularity - new ways to reuse, share, repair, recreate or recycle to enhance value of waste
  • Carbon reduction - measurable reduction in carbon emissions
  • Cost efficient - strong financial benefits relative to its cost
  • Ready to pilot - at least Technological Readiness Level 6 with proof of concept

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Challenge Owner(s)CapitaLand
Industry Types(s)Energy & Chemicals

CapitaLand

Low carbon transition

Onsite clean energy presents an opportunity for building owners to diversify its energy source and minimise its carbon emission. Clean energy can be generated from waste heat recovery, solar thermal collector, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, hydrogen fuel cell etc.

While technological advancements have raised standards on safety and performance, not all solutions can be cost effectively deployed at all locations due to varying reasons (e.g. minimum system size for deployment, low solar irradiance).

CapitaLand seeks onsite clean energy innovations that are efficient, effective, commercially viable and safe for deployment within limited space in our existing properties.

What We Are Looking For

We seek solutions for onsite clean energy generation for the portfolio of CapitaLand’s properties that meet the following requirements:

  • Occupant experience - occupants’ comfort and experience in the building are not compromised
  • Small installation footprint - suitable for installation within limited space available in our existing properties
  • Carbon reduction - measurable reduction in carbon emission
  • Cost efficient - strong financial benefits relative to its cost
  • Ready to pilot - at least Technological Readiness Level 6 with proof of concept

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Challenge Owner(s)CapitaLand
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Electronics, Environmental Services

CapitaLand

Healthy & safe buildings

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is affected by outdoor air quality (e.g. haze, air pollution), building management practices(e.g. selection of building materials, air treatment in air-conditioned space) and occupant behaviour (e.g. preference in keeping doors/windows open). With Covid-19, building occupants and users are now paying even more attention on IAQ.

Current solutions to monitor and improve IAQ are mainly effective in small enclosed areas. CapitaLand owns and manages different types of properties with characteristics such as large indoor space, multiple building entrances and high footfall, making it challenging to monitor and control IAQ. Green building design with extensive naturally ventilated common areas and multiple entrances to air-conditioned tenanted spaces may also increase possibility of polluted outdoor air infiltration.

While CapitaLand has deployed measures like IAQ sensors, high grade air filters, purging system, ultra violet germicidal irradiation air handling units to monitor and improve IAQ at our properties, CapitaLand continues to look for innovations to enhance the health and well-being of our building occupants and users.

What We Are Looking For

We seek solutions to improve the monitoring, visualisation and/or treatment of IAQ for the portfolio of CapitaLand’s properties that meet the following requirements:

  • Occupant experience - improve occupant comfort, wellness and experience in the building  
  • Ease of integration with existing buildings - no major retrofit works required and able to work in spaces where there is frequent infiltration of outdoor air
  • Small installation footprint - suitable for installation within limited space available in our existing properties
  • Energy efficient/low carbon - low carbon footprint and consume reasonable amount of energy
  • Measurable and trackable - clear computation of benefits and auditable data
  • Cost efficient - strong financial benefits relative to its cost
  • Ready to pilot - at least Technological Readiness Level 6 with proof of concept

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