2nd Singapore Green Building Week: Day One

September 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Design and Tech

The 2nd Green Building Week opens today with three concurrent events – the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) International Congress 2010, the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) Green Building Conference, and the BEX Asia 2010 exhibition. Some 7,ooo visitors are expected during the week, including architects, engineers, consultants, developers, regulators, contractors, interior designers and building professionals.

Mr Tony Arnel, Chairman of WorldGBC

This is the first time that the WorldGBC International Congress is held in Asia and Mr Tony Arnel, Chairman of WorldGBC, referred it as a landmark event not only for Singapore but for the region. In his opening speech, Mr Arnel explained that Asia-Pacific is the world’s fastest growing region and Singapore’s leadership in green buildings is influencing the built environment in countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and China.

Mr Lee Chuan Seng, President of SGBC

In his opening speech, Mr Lee Chuan Seng, President of SGBC, said that SGBC will continue to support and collaborate with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to achieve the target of greening 80% of Singapore’s building stock by 2030. Currently, there are about 500 green buildings in Singapore with a built up area of over 16 million sq metres or 8% of the building stock. Every year, the building stock will increase about 4 million sq metres.

Mr Lee also shared about the SGBC Green Building Product Certification Scheme (to be officially launched tomorrow), which adopts multiple assessment criteria such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency, carbon emission mitigation and pollution avoidance together with a life cycle or whole-of-life approach to assess the level of environmental friendliness of building products. The product certification scheme will include eight product categories: Mechanical; Electrical; Facade and Envelope; Concrete and Structure; Interior Systems; Interior Finishes; Renewable Energy; and Recycled and Sustainable Materials.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

In his opening speech, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, said that the public sector is taking the lead:

  • Large public sector buildings to undergo energy audits by April 2012
  • New public sector buildings with more than 5,000 sq metres of air-conditioned floor area must attain the Green Mark Platinum rating while existing public sector buildings with more than 10,000 sq metres of air-conditioned floor area must attain the Green Mark Goldplus rating by 2020
  • Public agencies are required to practice water efficiency, implement recycling programmes and attain the Eco-Office label by April 2012

Dr Yaacob shared that with the rise of green buildings, Singapore would need to train about 18,000 to 20,000 green collar professionals over the next 10 years in the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings. He also announced that BCA and SGBC will be launching a joint Green Individual Awards later in the year to recognise the contributions of green building professionals.

BEX Asia 2010

The BEX Asia 2010 exhibition will see over 200 companies from more than 20 countries showcasing their green building technologies, products and solutions. Major players include BASF, Carrier, EnGro, Johnson Controls, KONE, Interface, Sanyo and Trane.

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