Human influence on energy efficiency: A story based on an innovation project with a hospital in Singapore


The human need or quest for comfort and convenience and lack or denial of awareness can contribute to energy wastage. This paper contains a written and video story of a research learning journey designed to develop the educational experience of Year 2 building services engineering students in developing a solution that can potentially be used to reduce the negative effect of human behaviour on energy consumption at Yishun Community Hospital, Singapore. The role of storytelling in developing the students’ critical and reflective thinking needed to induce learning to form an educational experience, i.e., knowledge, understanding, and practical and communication skills, was examined. Students went through classroom training to give them the background knowledge and understanding required to fulfill the energy efficiency innovation project requirements. The reported educational experience gained from the learning journey is documented in this paper. This paper reports a method of developing human capability for energy-efficiency agenda achievement. It also reports an approach for contributing to the educational experience needed to prepare undergraduate students to solve real-life problems and be job ready upon graduation.

Keywords: Artistic research; Sustainability; Applied learning; Energy efficiency; Innovation

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Cite as: “Chong SL, Lim JJ, Tan TS, Lam ZL, Lim JY, Choo J, and Fadeyi MO (2023). Human influence on energy efficiency: A story based on an innovation project with a hospital in Singapore. Teaching and Learning Case Studies #04. ISSUU Digital Publishing.”

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