New BCA-SGBC Awards Recognise Individuals’ Contributions to Singapore’s Sustainable Built Environment [Press Releases]
Four distinguished individuals from the building industry were lauded by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) for their continual and outstanding contributions towards the sustainability of Singapore’s built environment. They will receive the inaugural BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards at the BCA Awards 2011.
2 The winners were selected from a total of 35 candidates for the four award categories, namely Green Architect, Green Engineer, Green Advocate and Green Innovator. They were assessed by a well-represented panel of judges led by CEO, BCA, Dr. John Keung and Er. Lee Chuan Seng, the immediate past Chairman of SGBC. The panel of judges comprises established professionals and individuals from the public and private sectors who are actively involved in Singapore’s green building journey. The four winners stood out because they have shown strong commitment, conviction and significant achievements in propelling environmental sustainability in their respective areas of works. They are:
Green Architect of the Year 2011
Mdm. Vivien Heng Cheng Sim
RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd
Green Engineer of the Year 2011
Er. Tan Kiat Leong
Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner (Sea) Pte Ltd
Green Advocate of the Year 2011
Mr. Allen Ang Aik Leng
Deputy General Manager
City Developments Limited
Green Innovator of the Year 2011
Dr. Ho Nyok Yong
Technical Director / Director
Samwoh Corporation Pte Ltd
3 For Mdm. Vivien Heng, the Green Architect of the Year 2011, her leadership in the use of cost-effective and sustainable designs in her projects has helped buildings achieve high environmental performance. Her passion for the green cause and enthusiasm in harmonising nature and the built environment, are qualities that won her the recognition from the panel of judges.
4 Er. Tan Kiat Leong’s relentless pursuit for the most effective green engineering solutions throughout his 20-year career as well as his keen attention for details and uncompromising attitude towards quality in his projects, are merits that impressed the judges to accord him the Green Engineer of the Year 2011 accolade. He had also demonstrated outstanding engineering capabilities in the design of Singapore’s first Zero Energy Building at the BCA Academy, for which he received the Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award from the Institution of Engineers Singapore.
5 In his daily work, Mr. Allen Ang, the Green Advocate of the Year 2011, actively drives green innovation in his company’s commercial and residential developments, which won several prominent accolades. For example, he has demonstrated strong leadership in the development of City Square Mall which became the first commercial development in Singapore to receive the prestigious BCA Green Mark Platinum award. Apart from his work, he also serves at the grassroots as Chairman of the Green Committee, where he shares his views on green issues and raises awareness among the youth on pertinent environmental concerns.
6 True to being the Green Innovator of the Year 2011, Dr. Ho Nyok Yong has led many ground-breaking research projects in the recycling of waste materials and development of green products. For example, he led his team in researching into the use of recycled concrete aggregates (RCA) in structural concrete. The innovation was applied in the construction of the Samwoh Eco-Green Building, the first building structure in the region to be constructed using concrete with up to 100% RCA.
7 Commenting on the new awards, Dr. John Keung said, “I would like to congratulate all the outstanding winners of the inaugural awards. They are role models in our industry and we certainly need more of such committed individuals to share their expertise with the industry, and to help push the green building movement in Singapore towards greater heights. The new BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards was introduced to recognise and spur green efforts in Singapore, and I hope that this would encourage more professionals in the industry to step up and contribute to our national target of greening at least 80% of Singapore’s built environment.”
8 Mr. Tai Lee Siang, President of the SGBC also applauded the winners’ achievements and contributions. He added, “Tackling the environmental problems to bring about a greener built environment requires the expertise and passion of talented professionals in the building industry. The introduction of the BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards is testament to the firm commitment of government and industry stakeholders to recognise the contributions of these outstanding individuals in green buildings and responsible practices. It is also our ardent wish to encourage talented individuals to aspire to even greater heights in creating a sustainable global city by illuminating the achievements of their predecessors.”
9 The winners of the BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards for the year 2011 will each receive a specially-designed trophy at the BCA Awards Night on 19 May. The trophy design is the creative result of an earlier “Trophy Design Competition” for tertiary students, organised by BCA and SGBC.