According to an announcement of Pomeroy Studio in January 2016, their completed B House has been awarded for the highest Singaporean award for environment‐friendly buildings, the Building Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Award. The modern carbon-negative domicile is highly efficient when it comes to waste, water and energy. A large polycrystalline photovoltaic system generates more electricity as needed. It is even possible to feed a surplus of solar electricity into the grid. Further passive design techniques and sophisticated technologies enable its residents to live in one of the most sustainable homes in Singapore.
Progress has been made since the Sime Darby Idea House (2010) in Malaysia. Allegedly, it was Asia’s first carbon‐zero prototype home. Pomeroy investigated the traditional Singaporean Black and White bungalow with the variable shutters, large roof overhangs and verandas for outdoor living and entertaining. Based on these insights like passive design techniques and space planning principles Pomeroy adapted B House to the climatic conditions of Singapore in order to reduce the demand of energy and water. Heat from the East and West sun is also minimized through the sophisticated orientation and shape. The off-site manufactured modules reduce wasteful off-cuts as well as the building time by 50 percent as compared to a similar sized residential building.
“The owner of the B House was keen to push the boundaries of sustainable design for a private commission of two family bungalows in Bukit Timah, Singapore” said Founding Principal Prof. Jason Pomeroy, continuing “the home sought to ensure that the occupants would never have energy bills again, and greatly reduced water bills. The challenge therefore was to create a zero carbon house at the same cost of a bungalow comparable in scale. What started as a carbon zero project would eventually become a pioneering operational carbon negative house in Singapore”
“The future of sustainability is not just about technology, but, like the B House, draws on the essence of culture and tradition to create built environments that are carbon‐free and truly reflect their inhabitants’ way of life” said Pomeroy, …
… adding “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to design this carbon negative home in Singapore. This project complements our Studio’s continued research into the field of zero‐carbon development and its application to commercially orientated projects. We are proud to have been able to push the boundaries of sustainable design at the same price point as the ‘business as usual’, whilst retaining a commitment to the culture of place”.