Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) aims to certify 50 green building products from Indonesia by 2013 [Press Releases]
Singapore, 11 April 2012 – The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) today signed its first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Green Building Council Indonesia (GBCI) to collaborate on certification and training to enhance the green building landscape in both countries.
This is SGBC’s second MOU with regional counterparts since the start of this year – the first was with China Green Building Council (CGBC) signed last month (29 March 2012).
Under this MOU with GBCI, both SGBC and GBCI will work towards recognition of the Singapore Green Building Product Certification (SGBP) scheme under the Green Building assessment scheme of Indonesia. SGBC targets to certify up to 50 products from Indonesia under its SGBP certification scheme by 2013.
The two parties will also cooperate in the area of training. Such training covers relevant Green Building-related professional training and study trips during which Indonesian participants will gain knowledge of Singapore’s successful practices via proven case studies and visits to relevant projects.
Both SGBC and GBCI will also explore various other activities and avenues to collaborate in the area of green building development and services in Indonesia and Singapore.
The MOU was signed by Mr Tai Lee Siang, President of SGBC and Ms. Siti Adiningsih Adiwoso, Chairperson of GBCI at the Greenright Indonesia Green Building Conference & Expo 2012, held at the Jakarta Convention Center. The MOU signing was witnessed by Mr. Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwa, Indonesia’s Vice Minister of National Planning Department.
On this milestone cooperation with GBCI, Mr Tai said, ”The sealing of this MOU marks another significant achievement of SGBC in the promulgation of our mission towards environmental sustainability by promoting green building design, practices and technologies in Singapore and beyond. This is also another important step in strengthening Singapore’s position as a leading green
“With more MOUs expected to be signed with other countries’ GBCs (green building councils), our SGBP product certification will also enjoy greater buy-in and endorsement from global markets. This will provide greater stimulus for more companies to certify their building products here and further enhance the export potential of our members’ extensive range of green products and expertise.”
The global building materials sector is forecast to grow at a strong clip over the next few years, bolstered by the impressive pace of development in emerging markets. The Asia-Pacific market in particular, is poised to drive large gains, buoyed by the booming construction activity in China, India and Indonesia among others. Indonesia’s domestic construction industry alone is forecast to grow to US$44.4 billion by 2012. This therefore presents significant growth potential for the green building products and services industry.