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Joint media release: Innovative Green Building Technologies and Solutions Take Centre Stage at the Singapore Green Building Week 2014

Monday, 1 September 2014

The sixth edition of the Singapore Green Building Week with 17 co-located green building events gathers more than 22,000 green building industry practitioners and participants from over 50 countries in a concerted showcase of commitment towards climate change

Singapore, 1 September 2014 - More than just physical structures constructed out of stone and concrete, buildings today are a complex network of structures and systems. With today's proven and advanced technologies, smarter building structures offer the greatest potential to counter climate change. They not only help reduce energy consumption and costs, but also create a more comfortable and healthy environment for its occupants. Increasingly, new building technologies are going beyond the four walls, establishing connections with the smart power grid and interacting with other buildings and infrastructure to enable new levels of energy-efficient performance.

Such innovative green building solutions and technologies will be on showcase during the Singapore Green Building Week 2014 (SGBW). The week-long series of activities dedicated to creating a more sustainable built environment, was officially opened by Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan today at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore. Organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) in partnership with Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Reed Exhibitions, SGBW 2014 features anchor events, the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2014 alongside the Build Eco Xpo Asia (BEX Asia) 2014, and is expected to attract more than 22,000 participants from 50 countries from a total of 17 co-located events.

International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2014

Themed "Lead, Engage and Sustain", this year's IGBC will again provide the platform for global green building experts, industry leaders, policy-makers, academics, youths and students to come together to share expertise, exchange ideas and explore opportunities to drive the adoption of greener and more sustainable building practices. IGBC 2014 will be held from 1 to 3 September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre.

"As the 'must-attend' green building event of the year, IGBC has become a crucial platform to drive progress in the green building movement in Singapore. Over the years, the industry knowledge sharing and collaboration at the event have helped us make significant inroads into the development of green building practices locally and across the region. This year, we continue to build on these insights and achievements through targeted tracks focused on continued leadership and advanced technology to accelerate green building performance. In addition, there is also a conscious effort to foster greater engagement with the industry and the public, including the youths and students. There are more sessions that feature successful case studies in policy, programme and strategy for empowering communities, enhancing occupant well-being and the management of green facilities. I believe that if the built environment industry including the developers, building owners and even the tenants, can initiate a change in the way we build, manage and use our buildings, we will be able to achieve a significant reduction in energy consumption and secure long-term sustainability," said Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer, BCA.

In line with the government's push to develop Singapore into a "smart" nation through a greater use of technology and analytics to better manage urban infrastructure, this year's IGBC includes several sessions on next-generation, innovative green building technologies. Industry experts such as Cindy Regnier, FLEXLAB Executive Manager, Leader-Commercial Building Systems, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Professor Rolf Buschmann, Managing Director, EnEd and Dr Chiung-yu Chiu, Deputy Secretary General, Taiwan Green Building Council, will shed light on the latest innovations and development in green building intelligence and smart grid integration.

New to the programme this year are specialist Tech-talks, designed to help participants and industry practitioners deep-dive into emerging technologies and discover strategies for future adoption. Topics include explorations on smart buildings of the future as well as new lighting solutions, innovative green building materials and approaches to sustainable construction.

The discussions and insights on smart green buildings and tenant engagement will culminate in the BCA Breakfast Talk for CEOs on the third and final day of IGBC 2014. This year's talk is expected to bring together close to 300 C-suite and managerial level personnel from major developers, building owners and tenants to catalyse change through sustainable energy consumption behaviour and practices. Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade & Industry, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, will be the Guest of Honour.

Build Eco Xpo Asia (BEX Asia) 2014

Held in conjunction with IGBC is the Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia 2014. Themed "Building Today, Sustaining Tomorrow", BEX Asia is Southeast Asia's premier business platform for the sustainable built environment. Exhibitors at BEX Asia 2014 include a strong line-up of over 350 exhibiting companies globally, specialising in building technologies and architecture for the future of greener communities. Visitors will get a first look at the cutting-edge technologies poised to set new standards in the Green building industry.

One of them on showcase is the "innovative elevator", OTIS GeN2 Switch, by United Technologies. Suited for residential buildings, the OTIS GeN2 Switch can be plugged into single phase 220V main like any other electrical appliance, to transport passengers and generate energy for use in power failures at the same time. Also shaping the green future is Green Koncepts, who will pioneer the Energetix, an intelligent cloud energy management system. It harnesses the power of cloud computing to monitor electricity, water and gas, helping organisations visualise their energy consumption to curtail energy consumption.

According to the United Nations1, more than half of the world's seven billion people live in urban areas. This number is expected to increase to more than six billion by 2045, highlighting the need for a successful urban planning agenda and greater attention to be given to building green and sustainable cities. With the coming together of skilled professionals, key industry practitioners, specifiers and buyers from the region, BEX Asia will provide the perfect platform for networking and Green business opportunities.

"Businesses today view energy management as extremely important and are seeing it as a business necessity. We are pleased to see more energy management solutions companies on board this year. The collaborative opportunities between key stakeholders and exhibitors will be essential as the industry looks to propel the Green agenda," said Ms Louise Chua, Business Development Director and Project Director of Reed Exhibitions.

BEX Asia 2014 also features a stronger international presence with the return of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and Taiwan pavilions. The JETRO pavilion will return bigger, featuring various Japanese Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and their respective technologies to maximise business potentials. Delegations from Taiwan and Indonesia, led by Taiwan Intelligent Building Association (TIBA) and Indonesia Institute of Architect (IAI) will also be present at the event.

Co-located Events - Engagement with Youth

Similar to previous years, the SGBW makes a concerted effort to engage students through different activities. The BCA-SIA-SGBC International Tropical Architecture Design Competition for Institutes of Higher Learning, jointly organised by BCA, Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), is an annual design competition which focuses on tropical green architecture and sustainable building design solutions. A total of 70 design entries were received from tertiary students across 13 countries for the theme "Our Urban Green Home", with the entries by students from tertiary institutions in Australia, Indonesia and Germany emerging as the top three.

A new Engagement Workshop for Tertiary Students was also mooted with the aim of inspiring students, invoking ideas and giving them a first-hand green experience via tours around Green Mark building projects. More than 200 students will get the opportunity to hear from four distinguished speakers from the US, Canada and Singapore and engage in discussion on engineering, architecture, environmental management and other aspects of green building research, development and solutions.

More information about the Singapore Green Building Week, International Green Building Conference and BEX Asia are available at http://www.sgbw.com.sg/, http://www.sgbw.com.sg/about-igbc and http://www.bex-asia.com/.

Footnotes

1World's population increasingly urban with more than half living in urban areas, http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/world-urbanization-prospects-2014.html

BCA-SIA-SGBC International Tropical Architecture Design Competition 2014 for Institutes of Higher Learning (614KB .pdf)

Portable document format version of the media release is also available(708KB .pdf).

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