With the threat on global warming, rapid depletion of natural resources the negative effects of carbon from fossil fuels, going green in our built environment is one approach towards sustainability for our future generation.
“Green buildings” refer to those buildings that are designed and operated in a way that reduce their negative impact on human health and the environment, through the use of green features such as solar energy, natural lighting and ventilation, as well as the efficient use of energy and water, including reducing or recycling the by-products and other waste materials of a building’s operation.
“Sustainability” means the ability to continue an operation for the long term with minimal or no negative impact on human health and the environment. This includes preserving natural resources through efficient use of energy.
This course equips you with the knowledge of green building practices to achieve the above. It also focuses on increasing the efficient use of resources while reducing the buildings’ impact on human health and the environment. Green building technologies, which include the efficient use of energy, water and other resources through the deployment of clean energy alternatives, will also be covered. In short, you will study the methods as well as the technological know-how in designing, retrofitting, managing and operating buildings that are environment friendly.
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Prospective students for the Diploma in GBS programme should have a passion in preserving our mother earth through efficient & green designs on our buildings. The programme is also intended for anyone who has the interest and desire to embrace the challenges of managing large physical assets such as airports, hospitals, educational institutions, science parks, and seaports.
The Diploma in GBS programme covers and integrates a wide range of subjects including some which are drawn from the arts (such as economics, finance and business management), and others which are based on science and technology. Subjects such as Project Management contain a large portion which does not require any technical pre-requisite. For this reason, each of the modules is taught in such a way as to provide students a sound grounding in its concepts and principles. Students from the Arts, Commerce and Science streams will also do well in the programme.
On each of the modules of the Diploma in GBS programme, a formal lecture (normally two hours in a week) is followed by a tutorial session (normally two hours in alternative weeks) and laboratory session (usually two hours in alternative weeks). A tutorial session involves small groups of students, and may be in the form of presentations by students, a general discussion, a debate, or a seminar.
There are also subjects that employ the Problem Based Learning (PBL) teaching/learning method. Problem-based learning (PBL) is a total approach to education which consists of carefully selected and designed problems that demand from the learner acquisition of critical knowledge, problem solving proficiency, self-directed learning strategies, and team participation skills. The process replicates the commonly used systemic approach to resolving problems or meeting challenges that are encountered in life and career.
In the final year, students participate in project work. Project work is used to encourage the development of students’ innovation and technical capabilities as well as their skills in teamwork. Most of the projects have been carefully crafted to allow students to demonstrate their applied knowledge in Intelligent Building. Some projects may require students to visit sites or collect data from the various industries.
Students of the Diploma are exposed to practice in the industry to enable them to apply knowledge gained from academic studies to real-life work situations. This is achieved through the means now outlined:
Students of the Diploma undergo 5 months of approved practical training at the end of 4 semester of study. Students are attached to firms that manage projects and facilities, doing real work in Singapore and overseas firms. This helps them to be familiar with practices and procedures in industry, and enhances their employability. The period of industrial attachment also assists students in securing contacts for their future careers. Some students have found internship opportunities, or been placed with, overseas organisations in China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
The Diploma arranges for students in all years of study to visit the sites of major green mark buildings and their infrastructure, as well as the offices of some top companies and relevant government agencies. These visits are intended to provide students with the opportunity to relate what they have learnt in the classroom to real-life situations. Some of these visits include Changi Airport, Marina Barrage, and National Library etc.
Going abroad to learn is a new challenge which the school encourages as many students as possible to experience. The experience of learning in an overseas environment and the opportunity to meet people from different cultures widens the students’ horizons and equips them with practical global knowledge. Given the Singapore government's encouragement to firms in all sectors to internationalise their operations, such evidence of a global perspective will be an advantage in their future career.
The Diploma organises overseas educational trips to give students the opportunity to learn and interact in a different environment outside the classroom, and to obtain the exposure which will be valuable to them should they decide to pursue their careers outside Singapore.
Industrial internship is a requirement for graduation. In the third year, students will perform interesting internships in Energy Service Company (ESCO), Green Consultants Firms, System Integration Companies and Major Facilities like airports and hotels. Concurrently they will complete their Major Project on real-life industrial projects. Students will have ample opportunities to work on joint projects with relevant agencies and institutions such as Land Transport Authority (LTA), Building Control Authority (BCA), Civil Aviation of Singapore (CAAS) and National Parks Singapore (NParks) as well as major companies like Changi Airport Group, CPG Corporation, Surbana Corporation, Beca Carter, Honeywell and CNA Engineers.
Some of the statutory boards and government departments that have employed graduates from the diploma programme include the:
Many graduates will find work in private-sector organisations such as building consultancy firms, facilities management companies and property development companies, ESCO like:
Along with the GBS diploma, graduates can also earn a “Fire Safety Manager” certification, awarded by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). Some of the positions available in these industries include,
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