UTB eV House provides platform for researchers

Danial Norjidi

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) re-launched its Low Energy House and renamed it the UTB eV House yesterday.

Located at the Engineering Block at Phase 1 of the university, the house, currently under the management of the Centre for Innovative Engineering (CIE), will provide space and a 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 was officiated by guest of honour Vice-Chancellor of UTB Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman.

The event began with welcoming remarks by Director of CIE Associate Professor Somnuk Phon-Amnuaisuk, who said, “The house is reactivated as an initiative to enliven and utilise it as a centralised medium for UTB researchers and academics from various disciplines to network and collaborate for potential research projects and ideas of innovation.”

“It can also be used as a medium to showcase UTB research activities to internal and external stakeholders such as industries, government, non-governmental organisations (NGO) to attract funding,” he shared.

“We encourage UTB researchers and students to use the house as a platform, and see it as a blank canvas, as a base capital to creatively innovate and to use the house to an optimal usage,” added the associate professor. “Subsequently, this can open up opportunities for students to get involved in industry-supported research projects that can help them gain access to potential employers.”

ABOVE & BELOW: Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman tours UTB eV House; and the UTB eV House. PHOTOS: DANIAL NORJIDI

According to a press release from the university, the UTB eV House is an acronym for 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.

Some research activities have been initiated, ranging from research on energy management systems, which is an effort to optimise energy consumption in houses or other types of residential buildings, to smart farming, which includes 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.

It was shared that the relaunching event is expected to be the beginning of many interesting research initiatives and activities by UTB academic, researchers and students, and to open its door for other exciting research collaborations beyond  the university.

The press release adds that the initiative in reactivating the UTB eV House is in line with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah on capitalising green technology, and may offer significant global impact in responding to the Paris Agreement and Kyoto Protocol to combat climate change.