Magnolia Quality Development Corporation
Co., Ltd. (MQDC) is prepared to launch Thailand’s first holistic Research and
Innovation for Sustainability Center on a property of 1,000 sq.m. with an
initial investment valued at 200 million baht. The center is due to have its
official opening in mid November 2017.
Associate Professor Dr. Singh
Intornchuto, head of the consulting team at the Research and Innovation for
Sustainability Center (RISC), said that Magnolia Quality Development
Corporation Co., Ltd. began investing in the construction of the center in
2016, and the research space is now ready to open to the public and
organizations that are interested in sustainable development and construction.
RISC’s work approach goes by the
principle of “sustainnovation.” RISC research aims towards environmental
sustainability while also raising the quality of life.
“The company has put in more than 200
million baht to develop a project that supports research activities and new
holistic innovations. The laboratory and testing center has been equipped with
state-of-the-art technology to effectively support the work of the research
team in their studies, research, and testing.
Within the 1,000 sq.m. of space, the RISC
consists of a room for testing the performance of the “radiant flooring”
system, which adjusts the room to a suitable temperature and lowers energy
consumption, a room for testing the condition of the air, as well as a room for
testing the sensor system used for detecting volatile matter from decorative
material within buildings.
The RISC will serve as a research room
for the public to make sustainable improvements to their residences. It will be
the nation’s largest knowledge base of over 300 environment-friendly materials
that can be referenced for design and construction. It will also be the
resource for new environment-friendly designs. To add to that, the center has
allocated space within the building interior to increase the quality of air.
There is a laboratory space with modern technology for supporting research and
development that relates to real estate. Another simulation laboratory space is
dedicated to using technology in the analysis and design of energy
conservation, use of light, etc.
“The opening of RISC is an important move
in the evolution of the real estate industry in Thailand. We aim for RISC to be
the center of innovative research for residences. The research will not only be
used in Magnolia’s projects, but we will have it accessible to the public to be
used in the construction, development, and improvement of their own residential
projects. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Singha also added that RISC aims to expand its
leading research team network of over 100 people within 5 years. Every part of
the center itself has been constructed and decorated with environment-friendly
materials. The center will be the first of its kind in Thailand to be accredited
by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which is a world-class
standard for buildings that support wellness. IWBI certifies considerate
designs and construction, with criteria involving air quality, light, water,
relaxation and workout spaces, as well as the materials used in the