Environmental Sustainability in the Building Sector Receives a Strong Boost [Press Releases]

September 1, 2011 by  
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Build Eco Xpo (BEX Asia) Poised to Facilitate Further Development in the Green Building Arena with Showcase of Green Building Solutions

SINGAPORE, August 31, 2011 – Singapore’s green building sector is set to receive a strong boost as the region’s premiere green building expo, BEX Asia 2011, returns for the fourth consecutive year with a stellar showcase of the latest green products and solutions for the building sector.

Part of the line-up of events for the Singapore Green Building Week hosted by the Building & Construction Authority (BCA), BEX Asia will be held in Singapore from 14-16 September 2011 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The event will showcase green building architecture, design, products, practices and technologies for environmental sustainability presented by more than 250 exhibitors from about 30 countries. Last year’s event attracted 7,000 visitors and saw a whopping USD74.5 million (SGD 89.75 million) worth of sales generated. This year’s event is set to generate even greater interest with a record of 8,000 visitors expected.

Exhibitors and companies will be exclusively showcasing sustainable building technologies for a Greener Future. Some of the energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly materials and products that will be highlighted include building materials, measurement systems, air-conditioning systems and interior decorative materials, amongst others. This year’s event will also feature three new dedicated national pavilions: Australia, Canada and Malaysia in addition to the Singapore and Taiwan pavilions.

The three-day event will be held concurrently with the International Green Building Conference (IGBC 2011) themed, “Build Green. Act Now”. IGBC 2011 will address challenges and explore solutions in green building development including innovative, sustainable and actionable solutions for the tropics and sub-tropics. Participants will also have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge by participating in the Green Mark Tours which will include visits to outstanding BCA Green Mark projects such as the Zero Energy at BCA Academy, the Marina Barrage and many others.

“We all know that there is a critical and urgent need to build green and retrofit existing buildings into more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly living spaces”, said Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA. “For this very reason, the intention behind organising IGBC was to enable industry practitioners to take action, not just sometime in the future, but now.”

He added, “Together with our exhibition partner, BEX Asia 2011, we will bring together some of the world’s leading experts and firms to share their thinking and approaches as well as present the latest green building technologies and solutions available.”

Ms. Michelle Lim, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions said, “The region is increasingly using Singapore’s green build practices as a benchmark to develop and implement their own policies. The feedback and response we have received at our media roadshows in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand has been very positive and is clear testimony that Singapore is undoubtedly recognized as the leader in the green building arena in this region. With BEX Asia’s extensive showcase of new and innovative green products and solutions and the stellar line-up of speakers at IGBC, we are confident that the two events will once again successfully facilitate knowledge sharing and learning, driving further growth in the green building sector in the region.”

Said Mr. Felino ‘Jun’ Palafox Jr., leading Principal Architect and Green Urban Planner of Palafox Associates in the Philippines, a speaker at the regional roadshow recently held in Makati City, Manila, “Singapore is at the forefront in terms of green building practices and platforms such as BEX Asia have enabled us to gain insights into their practices as well as the challenges facing the industry in this region. Continued communication and knowledge sharing between the regional green councils is pertinent in paving the way for the Philippines to benefit both from an environmental and economic standpoint.”

Mr. Rana Yusuf Nasir, one of the core founders of the Green Building Council Indonesia, who shared insights on the issues facing the green building sector in Jakarta at the BEX Asia 2011 roadshow added, “Singapore is renowned in Asia for its green building policies. With the similarities in climate and urban landscape for the markets in this region, there is much know-how to be gained by working closely together to enhance our green building practices.”

One of the highlights of this year’s event is the Guest Speaker Programme at FOCUS@BEX, which will provide a platform for visitors to learn about the latest trends in the Green Build sector. Visitors will have the opportunity to gain insights from accomplished architects such as Mr Fritz Oettl from Austria, Ms Fiona Nixon, Principal Architect of Woodhead in Australia, Mr Mann Young from Lend Lease Asia and Mr Richard Kirk from Richard Kirk Architect Pty Ltd., Australia. They will be sharing insights on sustainable design and development, as well as changing mindsets and trends on Build Green. Networking opportunities will also be organised for industry experts to meet and develop potential business relations.

Other highlights of this year’s event include the BCA Pavilion which will showcase exemplary Green Mark projects as well as highlight the various Green Mark incentives that have been introduced by BCA to promote sustainable buildings and spaces beyond buildings. Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive experience of retrofitting a virtual building and transforming it into a green one.

Products certified by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) under the Singapore Green Building Product Certification Scheme will also be on showcase at the SGBC Pavilion for the first time. The SGBC Pavilion will also showcase some of the most sustainable green building products, services and solutions.

Source and Image: BEX Asia

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