BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards of the year [Press Releases]
Singapore, 4 May 2012 – Four outstanding individuals have been singled out to receive the prestigious BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards at the BCA Awards 2012 on 24 May. This award* recognises professionals and practitioners from the building and construction industry who have shown strong commitment and conviction in propelling environmental sustainability in their work.
The four winners are:
Green Advocate of the Year 2012
Mr. Seah Hsiu-Min Eugene
Deputy Chairman, Davis Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd
Director, Davis Langdon & Seah Project Management Pte Ltd
Mr. Tan Phay Ping
Managing Director, Building System and Diagnostics (BSD) Pte Ltd
Green Architect of the Year 2012
Mr. Tang Kok Thye
Associate Partner, ADDP Architects LLP
Green Innovator of the Year 2012
Er. Tay Cher Seng
Managing Director, Natflow Pte Ltd
Dr John Keung, CEO of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), who is also the co-chairperson of the assessment committee said, “All four winners stood out for their strong commitment and passion towards the green cause and I congratulate them for winning the awards. This year, the honour of Green Advocate of the year is given out to both Eugene and Phay Ping who have made commendable contributions in the industry over the years as champions of environmental sustainability and have been sharing their knowledge and experiences with the industry locally and internationally. The panel of judges decided that both were equally deserving of this prestigious recognition.”
Indeed, while Mr Eugene Seah practises as a quantity surveyor and project manager, he has made ‘sustainability’ the basis of his work. Sustainable building designs do not necessarily come with an excessive premium and this is what Mr Seah constantly advocates to his clients through his experiences and knowledge in sustainable design and economics. Being a trendsetter, he has even gone on to publish a handbook on Green Building Products and Technologies which consolidated the pros and cons, design considerations, cost and value drivers of green products, technologies and strategies around the world.
Sharing the conviction that a building must always be designed to be sustainable, Mr Tan Phay Ping saw the need to optimise building designs through modeling right from the onset of the design stage. He co-founded BSD Pte Ltd, one the pioneers in Singapore to provide green building related consultancy services. Over the years, Mr Tan has been studying the trends and advancement in sustainable designs and technologies within the international arena. He recently formed Climate Asia Pte Ltd to propel his efforts and raise the industry’s awareness on carbon footprinting and carbon management.
As a registered architect of more than 18 years, Mr Tang Kok Thye, the Green Architect of the Year, has found his passion in the design of environmentally friendly buildings, particularly for residential developments. To date, he has designed nine BCA Green Mark building projects, of which four have won the Green Mark Platinum award. Drawing his inspiration from nature and integrating innovative green technologies and passive architecture, he is able to introduce aesthetically pleasing yet practical designs that complements the natural surroundings. In one of his recent developments, ‘Tree House’, he incorporated a 24-storey green wall, together with three sky terraces, within the building, which not only provide visual relief, but also aid in reducing heat gain within the building.
Besides green designs, green building technologies are equally crucial in enhancing the environmental performance of a building. During his career as a mechanical engineer, Er. Tay Cher Seng has been promoting the idea of recovering waste heat to generate hot water. The result was a zero-energy hot water system which gained widespread adoption and is today saving around 27.5 giga-watt-hour per year locally, translating to cost savings of about S$7.5 million. In 2011, this innovative heat recovery system won him the ASEAN Energy Awards. Another breakthrough project that Mr Tay embarked on, among others, was a Passive Displacement Ventilation (PDV) system which moves cooled-air in a room, without the use of energy. With these notable achievements under his belt, Mr Tay stood out from among the other nominees to win the title of Green Innovator of the Year 2012.
Mr Tai Lee Siang, President of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), commended the winners on their achievements and contributions. He said, “The creation of green buildings is often the result of vision, passion and innovation by outstanding individuals. These individuals include architects, engineers and innovators who help change the way green buildings are designed. There is also a special group of people whose tireless efforts help transform the green building industry. These are the green advocates. My sincere congratulations go out to all the four individuals who are exemplary in their actions and work.”
* The BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Award was introduced since 2011.