6 February 2020 – Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) set to re-launch its Low Energy House located at the Engineering Block, Phase 1 of the University. The house, currently under the management of the Centre for Innovative Engineering (CIE), will provide space and wide canvas to UTB researchers to develop various research activities by utilising the space and other features of the house.
The re-launching of the house, renamed as UTB eV House was officiated by the Guest of Honour, Yang Mulia Professor Dr. Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, the Vice-Chancellor of UTB.
The event commenced with welcoming remarks by the Director of CIE, Yang Mulia Associate Professor Somnuk Phon-Amnuaisuk.
Also present at the event were UTB Principal Officers, staff and students of the University as well as invited guests.
The UTB eV House is an acronym from Universiti Teknologi Brunei Energy Saving House, with its other meaning for unit of energy for photons, or light particles. The house is expected to be used as a platform to support research in house/building energy management, green energy technology, instrumentation technology, structure engineering, interior design, smart farming and more.
During the event, some penultimate year and final year students showcased their group design projects and final year projects that support the above mentioned research activities.
Currently, there are some research activities which have been initiated. The activities ranging from research in energy management system – an effort to optimise energy consumption in houses or other type of residential buildings, smart farming which include research on organic hydroponics using materials available in Brunei, including waste products.
The house was originally named ITB Low Energy House and was built in 2005 to support research on low energy technology, particularly the use of solar energy and low energy building materials.
The re-launching event is expected to be the beginning of many interesting research initiatives and activities by UTB academics, researchers and students, and to open its door for other exciting research collaborations beyond the university.
The initiative in reactivating the UTB eV House is in-line with His Majesty’s Titah on capitalizing Green Technology and may offer significant global impact in responding to the Paris Agreement and Kyoto Protocol to combat climate change.