New Green Mark schemes for supermarkets, retail and data centres to be launched at International Green Building Conference 2012 [Press Releases]

August 24, 2012 by  
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Singapore, 22 August 2012- New initiatives to engage the business community will be rolled out at the International Green Building Conference (IGBC 2012) to be held from October 10 to 12, 2012 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

These will include new Green Mark schemes for supermarkets, retail and data centres – all of which are major energy consumers – and a web-based carbon calculator that will help building professionals find out the carbon footprint of major construction materials and buildings. These initiatives will be unveiled by Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

Some 10,000 people are expected to attend IGBC 2012 and Bex Asia 2012, an annual regional building expo focusing on eco-friendly products and solutions. IGBC 2012 is organised by Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC).

Local Green Giants at IGBC

Real estate giants, major brands and household names which are early green building converts such as City Development, Lend Lease, United World College (UWC), and NTUC Fairprice, will be present at IGBC 2012.

Speakers representing these organisations include Mr Kwek Leng Joo, Managing Director of City Development Limited (CDL) and President of Singapore Compact, Mr Rod Leaver, Chief Executive Officer, from Lend Lease Limited, Asia, Mr Simon Thomas, Southeast Asia Project Director, United World College and Mr Koh Kok Sin, Director, Organisation Development, NTUC Fairprice. They will share their views on sustainable development for stakeholders and the economic value-add from green building investments.

Global Cast of Green Experts/ Practitioners

In addition to local advocates, some of the best known global names in sustainable development will also speak at IGBC 2012.

They include Professor Jacqueline Cramer, Director of Utrecht Sustainability Institute and former Minister of Housing, Social Planning and the Environment of the Netherlands, Ms Hilary Beber, Policy advisor of Green Buildings in New York City Mayor Office, Ms Yukio Nishida, Planner for Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metroplitan Government, and Ms Jane Henley, CEO of the World Green Bullding Council (WGBC). The Presidents of Green Building Councils from Malaysia and Hong Kong will also be speaking at the Conference.

Joining this scintillating cast of sustainable development experts will be global green icon, Mr Andy Ridley, founder of Earh Hour, who wants to inspire the community, especially the younger generation to adopt and support green lifestyles to do their part for sustainable living.

Government Leadership in Sustainable Development

The Conference will also highlight the importance of leadership and policies to effect a diverse mix of strategies, from mandatory regulation to tactical incentives as well as innovative funding mechanisms.

For those who want to learn more about Singapore’s latest iconic Gardens By the Bay, they can hear from National Parks Board’s Chief Operating Officer – Mr Kenneth Er who will share the green secrets behind this iconic development.

Commenting on IGBC 2012, SGBC’s President Mr Tai Lee Siang said,”The green building movement has certainly evolved over the past years. Today, we believe that we have to go beyond buildings to spotlight on the key role of buildings influencing and being influenced by the lifestyles of people. So this year, as our conference theme suggests, “Green Community, Green Action,” IGBC will focus on the community – to galvanise tenants, consumers and even the young to drive home the message that they too can contribute significantly to conserving resources, saving money and creating jobs while building owners together with regulatory bodies will work together to providing healthier places for all of us to live, work and play.”

For those who are keen to register for IGBC 2012, they can visit: www.sgbw.com.sg. Registration is now open. For those who register before 5 September, they will enjoy a 20% early bird discount.

Source: SGBC

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