This paper explores the role of international partnerships to facilitate low-energy building
design, construction, and operations. We briefly discuss multiple collaboration models
and the levels of impact they support. We present a case study of one collaborative
partnership model, the Scientific Planning Support (SPS) team. Staff from the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, the Austrian Institute of Technology, and Nanyang
Technological University formed the SPS team to provide design assistance and process
support during the design phase of a low-energy building project. Specifically, the SPS
team worked on the Clean Tech Two project, a tenanted laboratory and office building
that seeks Green Mark Platinum, the highest green building certification in Singapore.
The SPS team hosted design charrettes, helped to develop design alternatives, and
provided suggestions on the design process in support of this aggressive energy target.
This paper describes these efforts and discusses how teams like the SPS team and other partnership schemes can be leveraged to achieve high performance, low-energy buildingsat an international scale.