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BCA-SGBC joint media release: Passion for creating sustainable built environment nets awards for 12 individuals

Friday, 16 May 2014

- New award category to recognise facilities managers for their role in championing green building management

Singapore, 16 May 2014 - Twelve outstanding individuals in the built environment sector will receive the prestigious BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards at the annual BCA Awards 2014 held at Resorts World Sentosa on 22 May 2014.

The BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Award accords recognition to individuals from across the building and construction value chain for their consistent contribution and outstanding achievements in driving sustainability in the built environment.

In line with the national push towards effective and efficient management of green buildings, a new category - Green Facilities Manager of the Year - was introduced this year to recognise facility management professionals who have shown strong commitment and contribution towards greening and optimising the operation of existing buildings. The two winners of this new category are:

Green Facilities Manager of the Year

1. Mr Anthony Goh, Senior Vice President of Property and Facilities Management, City Developments Limited (CDL)
2. Mr Lim Tow Fok, General Manager, Keppel Land International Limited

The other winners of the BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards are:

Green Advocate of the Year

3. Mr Vincent Low, Vice-President, G-Energy Global Pte Ltd

Green Architect of the Year

4. Mr Alan Tan, Director, Environmental Sustainability Research, Housing and Development Board

Green Architect of the Year

5. Mr Tan Shao Yen, Managing Director, CPG Consultants

Green Engineer of the Year

6. Er. Patrick Foong, Managing Director, e2green Pte Ltd

Green Innovator of the Year

7. Dr Sujit Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Holcim Limited

Young Green Advocate of the Year

8. Mr Jason Pomeroy, Principal, Pomeroy Studio

Green Building Individual Commendation Award

9. Dr Ng Khee Yang, Managing Director, Eco-Applications
10.Er. Lee Boon Woei, Director of DP Sustainable Design, DP Sustainable Design
11.Er. Richard Phua, Associate Director, Squire Mech Pte Ltd
12.Mr Martin Gui, Managing Director, Facility Link Pte Ltd

Congratulating the winners, Dr John Keung, BCA's Chief Executive Officer said, "The awards will help raise the profile of capable professionals and practitioners in the built environment sector. This year, we have a record 12 award recipients who impressed us with their passion and contribution in creating a sustainable built environment for Singapore. As outstanding industry practitioners, they will serve as role models for our younger generation and hopefully inspire them to join this sector and do their part in greening the built environment."

On green facilities and asset management, Dr Keung said, "Facilities and asset management functions are increasingly positioned at the forefront of business strategy today in many large and international corporations. Based on our study, Green Mark buildings can be at least 25% more energy efficient than non-Green-Mark buildings. Good facilities management will be critical to ensure that buildings continue to be energy efficient during their entire life span so that the building owner can derive savings from it and users can live and work in healthier buildings. The demand for competent green facilities managers will be further fuelled by an increase in urban population and green buildings as we move towards green growth."

As one of the two Inaugural Green Facilities Managers of the Year 2014, Mr Anthony Goh was instrumental in the introduction of sustainable facilities management initiatives, in line with CDL's mission to "Conserve as it Constructs". These include the green procurement guide, green lease guidelines and the iGreen committee, which looks at possible sustainability ideas for implementation within CDL commercial properties. A passionate green facility manager, he has actively shared his experiences through several outreach programmes to influence and engage stakeholders to embrace environmentally-friendly practices. Mr Goh has played a significant role in driving improvements in the environmental performance of CDL's commercial buildings through green facilities management and implementation of green innovation. CDL is one of Singapore's biggest landlords and has had 10 out of its 11 key commercial buildings here recertified to the BCA Green Mark Platinum tier. In addition, CDL's green buildings such as 11 Tampines Concourse and City Square Mall have earned international recognition, being the first LEED Platinum and Gold buildings respectively in Singapore under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Management category.

Similarly, the other Inaugural Green Facilities Manager of the Year 2014 award winner, Mr Lim Tow Fok, played a key role in leading sustainability efforts at Keppel Land. His efforts include initiating the formation of a Tenants' Green Committee to encourage and facilitate sharing of eco-practices in the office amongst tenants of Keppel Land's commercial properties, driving efforts that led to the publication of a handbook of useful green tips for tenants, as well as organising outreach activities to spread the green message. Under his strategic guidance, Keppel Land formulated an Environmental Operation Plan for all buildings. These individualised plans outline environmental targets and programmes to yield measurable reductions in waste, energy and water consumption, and are also aligned with the company's green procurement guidelines. A leading green developer, Keppel Land has been conferred a total of 10 Green Mark accolades, including the prestigious Green Mark Champion Award 2014.

Er. Ng Eng Kiong, co-chairperson of the assessment panel and President of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), commended the winners for their dedication and efforts in driving the green building movement. He said, "Sustainable development is made possible through collaborative partnerships and collective actions of individuals. SGBC strongly believes in the need to build a community of green professionals to ensure knowledge continuity and to sustain the industry's good efforts. I offer my heartiest congratulations to all winners who are exemplary in their work and actions. SGBC looks forward to having our award winners on board and together, inspire the next generation with their passion and enthusiasm for the built environment."

For more information about the award recipients, please refer to the fact sheets attached in Annexe A

Footnotes

Green Building Individual Award winners (1.8MB .pdf)

Portable document format version of the media release is also available (1.8MB .pdf).

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