- Enhanced Recognition for SGBC Labelling Schemes
SGBC has been actively seeking greater recognition for products and services certified by SGBC's labelling schemes. These feedback culminated in criteria in BCA Green Mark Version 2015 that give added focus to certified products and services. This means that there is more reason for the industry to make use of such certified solutions.SGBC has also been encouraging BCA Green Mark Managers and Professionals, building owners, developers and project specifiers, to select certified products and services for their projects, helping to build buildings as green as possible.
- Upgraded Directories for Certified Products and Services
The online directories that lists the products and services certified by SGBC's labelling schemes saw a major revamp. With more clearly defined product categories coupled with an easy-to-use interface, consultants, architects, engineers and other building practitioners can obtain accurate information on any particular certified product or service.
- SG Green
SGBC has published the very first issue of the SG Green magazine, a biannual publication focused on the technical applications of certified products and services. As an industry-oriented biannual periodical, SG Green aims to elevate the profile of green building products and services to the greater community by showcasing applications and solutions in an easy-to-read format.
- Energy Performance Contract Template
To help the industry achieve their retrofit goals, SGBC has developed a standard Energy Performance Contract template for use. Created with BCA and members of the industry, this standard template will help building owners and EPC firms to better ease into beneficial EPC arrangements for their buildings. It is envisioned that through usage of this standard template drafted in language familiar to both EPC firms and building owners, the older existing buildings can be upgraded for greater energy efficiency.
- Green Building & Retrofits Expo 2015
SGBC led a delegation of local companies to Bangkok, Thailand in October 2015 for the annual Green Building & Retrofits 2015 exhibition. Fronting the Singapore Pavilion, SGBC and its member companies showcased what local companies have to offer to regional visitors, putting Singapore on the world map for green building solutions.
- Educating the Future Generation
As part of SGBC's ongoing Green Schools Initiative (GSI), six secondary school learning journeys to green buildings in Singapore were organised in 2015. The year also saw the first run of the Learning Journey on Materials Science, a unique session that challenged students on the key useful properties of a common green building material – glass. To date, about 30 schools have made use of GSI resources.
In addition, three schools have undertaken an inaugural GSI energy audit in collaboration with Republic Polytechnic students from the Diploma in Green Building and Sustainability. The results from these audits allow the students as well as the schools to have a better idea of their energy consumption patterns, giving them some basis to implement energy efficiency strategies.
- Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) With Tanzania Green Building Council (TZGBC)
SGBC signed a MOU with Tanzania Green Building Council (TZGBC) during the Singapore Green Building Week 2014. As an Established Green Building Council, SGBC will play a mentorship role in guiding the development of TZGBC and also to support the development of green buildings in Tanzania. This includes the sharing of tools, research and information regarding green building as well as the promotion of Green Buildings in Tanzania by means of activities such as joint workshops, seminars and visits.
- Inaugural World Green Building Council Asia Pacific Regional Network (WGBC APN) Leadership Awards in Green Building held in Singapore
The first ever World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Asia Pacific Network (APN) Leadership Awards in Green Building attracted a total of 112 nominations across 15 Asia Pacific countries. The Award Presentation Ceremony was hosted at the SGBC 5th Anniversary Dinner.
Business Leadership in Sustainability
Of the 55 entries for this category, 7 finalists were selected by the international panel judges. Local firms City Developments Limited (CDL) and Keppel Land Limited emerged as 2 of the 3 Winners.
Leadership in Sustainable Design & Performance
Competing with 57 other entries, New Zealand early childhood centre, Te Mirumiru, emerged as the winner for the Leadership in Sustainable Design & Performance category. Two Singapore buildings – Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Ocean Financial Centre made it to list of 8 Finalists, a testament to the high quality and standards of Singapore green buildings.
More information about the APN leadership award winners can be found Here.
- Building and Construction Authority (BCA)-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards 2014
Twelve outstanding individuals received the prestigious BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards (GBIA). The awards were presented at a ceremony during the BCA Awards Night held at Resorts World Sentosa on 22 May 2014. 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.
The BCA-SGBC GBIA 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.
For a list of winners and more information, please refer to the PDF.
- Launch of Integrated Carbon Footprint Assessment Reporting Essentials (I-Care) Training Programme For Building Products
SGBC embarked on a collaboration with the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings and Construction (CSBC) and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) to deliver a dedicated training programme to address the carbon emissions of building products. Known as the Integrated Carbon Footprint Assessment Reporting Essentials (i-CARE) for Building Products, the course will enable participants to gain the knowledge to undertake a carbon footprint assessment of building products.
The course is specially designed for the Building Industry and provides an in-depth understanding of the carbon footprint of a product. It aims is to better prepare the industry for changes to SGBC's Singapore Green Building Product certification scheme and the BCA Green Mark scheme. Greater emphasis will be placed on a building's embodied carbon footprint with time.
The inaugural course was conducted in October 2014 and will be held quarterly subsequently.
- Industry Briefing to Certified Green Mark Managers (GMMs) and Green Mark Professionals (GMPs)
SGBC conducted an Industry Briefing to Certified Green Mark Managers (GMMs) and Green Mark Professionals (GMPs) on developments in SGBC's Singapore Green Building Products (SGBP) and Services (SGBS) certification schemes. The briefing was held on 15 April 2014 at the National Design Centre.
Intended as an annual event, SGBC will utilise such opportunities to help building consultants gain a better understanding of the benefits of SGBP and SGBS, and the criteria that has been developed to ensure that products have met minimum benchmarks. Such interactive sessions also enable consultants to seek clarifications on how the schemes complement the BCA Green Mark scheme.
- i Light Sustainability Workshop
Co-presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and SGBC, i Light Sustainability Workshop was held on the 26 March 2015 at the URA Centre. The i Light Sustainability Workshop was a key partner event of the i Light Marina Bay 2014 festival, and explored the contribution of the various aspects of lighting to sustainability, including artificial and day-lighting.
- New Logo and Expanded Scope for SGBC Green Schools Initiative
The Green Schools Initiative (GSI) expanded its scope in 2014 to incorporate more resources for teachers and educators. Drawing on expertise from SGBC's members and partners, the GSI provides an array of tools geared towards educating students on the importance of green building. In addition to an improved presentation package that provides a succinct, engaging overview of green building principles for students, teachers can also make use of a new green building video animated in 3D graphics. Teachers can also choose to take their students on green building learning journeys to various green buildings in Singapore, where they can glean further insights on green building design features and solutions.
- Refreshed Logos for Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) And Services (SGBS) Certification
With effect from Sep 2014, SGBP and SGBS certification logos have been revised. The refreshed logos further strengthen the certification schemes' association with the Singapore Green Building Council.
- Green Schools Initiative
SGBC launched the Green Schools Initiative in January 2013 to equip students and schools with an understanding of the role that buildings play in environmental sustainability, and the impact that building design and technology have on the performance of buildings. The programme brings together SGBC members and educators in the development of educational resources, and provides support for student projects and learning journeys.
- Green Building Product Collaboration with Housing & Development Board (HDB)
Under a joint initiative by SGBC and HDB, companies listed under HDB's Approved Materials List were invited to submit their products for assessment under SGBC's Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) certification scheme. Products that qualify for the green certification will be presented with a joint certificate recognising their green achievements and listing status under HDB's Approved Materials List. The joint certification is a strong testimony of HDB's commitment to sustainable development.
- Partnership Agreement with TÜV SÜD PSB
SGBC and TÜV SÜD PSB signed a five-year agreement to collaborate on the certification of green building products. TÜV SÜD PSB will be providing assessment services and will advise on technical matters, whilst SGBC will focus on the setting of standards and assessment criteria under the Singapore Green Building Products certification scheme.
- MOU with California Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis and Building & Construction Authority (BCA)
SGBC signed a MOU with the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis and the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) on 12 September 2013 to develop advanced lighting technologies and good practices. The parties will also explore the feasibility of establishing a Lighting Technology Centre in Singapore. This will help Singapore to focus on ways to deliver significant savings in buildings through better lighting, which is a significant source of energy consumption in buildings.
- MOU with KNX South East Asia
SGBC has embarked on collaboration with KNX South East Asia (KNX) to promote the development of green buildings in Singapore and the region. SGBC will work with KNX to promote awareness of product and system certification through joint training programmes, seminars and educational materials.
- New Category Launched for BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards
A new category was added to the BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards 2013 to recognise younger members of the industry who have made significant contributions to the greening of the built environment. A Young Green Building Individual Award has been created for those aged below 40 and this was well-received by the industry. Out of the 22 applications received for the 2013 Awards, 13 applicants qualified for the Young Green Building Individual Award, with 2 winners being presented eventually with the Award.
- Mr Tai Lee Siang, SGBC Immediate Past President, elected to WorldGBC Board of Directors
SGBC Immediate Past President Mr Tai Lee Siang was appointed to the World Green Building Council's Board of Directors in October 2013. Mr Tai served as SGBC President from 2011 to 2013 and was 1st Vice-President from 2009 to 2011. Under his leadership, many strong ties had been forged with the various GBCs in Asia and he will continue to be a conduit for more dialogue between Asia and the WorldGBC.
With the appointment of Mr Tai, SGBC Honorary Advisor Mr Lee Chuan Seng will step down from the WorldGBC Board. Mr Lee is the Founding President of SGBC and served on the WorldGBC Board from 2010-2013.
- Visit by Hong Kong Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing
SGBC hosted Hong Kong's Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, and a delegation from the Steering Committee on the Promotion of Green Building during their visit to Singapore. SGBC President, Mr Ng Eng Kiong, and members of the SGBC Board received the delegation, who were on a visit to Singapore to learn about our experience in promoting energy efficiency and green buildings.
During the visit to SGBC on 16 May 2013, the delegation took an interest in SGBC's strong private-public sector partnership model and green building product certification scheme. The visit provided a valuable opportunity for dialogue between the parties on strategies to foster a sustainable built environment in the urban setting.
- Sino-Singapore MOU to Promote Urban Greenery
SGBC signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 25 Oct 2012 with the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council (VGAG), World Green Roof Congress (WGRC) and the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) to support mutual efforts and promotion on urban greenery.
The ceremony took place at the World Green Roof Congress 2012 held in Hangzhou, China.
SGBC was represented by President, Mr Tai Lee Siang; whilst the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China GBC and World Green Roof Congress were represented by Vice-Group Leader and Secretary-General, Prof Wang Xianmin; and SILA was represented by SILA President, Mr Damian Tang.
- SGBC organised the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2012
SGBC organised the IGBC 2012, held from 9-12 October 2012 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center Singapore, in strategic partnership with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
Focusing on 'Green Leadership, Green Community', IGBC 2012 engaged participants in thought-provoking issues, latest technologies and best practices for a greener and healthier future.
- SGBC launched its inaugural Youth for Eco-Sustainability (YES) programme in Singapore
SGBC launched its Youth for Eco-Sustainability (YES) programme on 12 October 2012- the third and final day of the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2012 at Sands Expo & Convention Center Singapore.
The YES programme, which resonated with the IGBC 2012 theme, "Green Community, Green Action", was targeted at raising social awareness of youths on green issues and educating them to make responsible choices for a sustainable future. The YES programme included the Green Quiz contest, Eco-Pop ("E-Pop") contest and sharing sessions by two young leaders in green building - Mr Sam Tan, Executive Director of Ken Holdings Berhad and Ms Jaye Tan, an architect and a certified Green Mark Professional of DP Architects.
- MOU with Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC)
SGBC celebrated yet another milestone with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC) at the SGBC Pavilion at BEX Asia 2012. The MOU was signed by Mr Tai Lee Siang, President of SGBC and Mr Yannick Millet, Executive Director of VGBC. Guest of Honor, Minister Grace Fu witnessed the signing.
Under this latest MOU, both SGBC and VGBC will work towards recognition of the Singapore Green Building Product & Services Certification scheme under the Green Building assessment scheme of Vietnam. The two parties will also collaborate in training, green building development and other services in Vietnam and Singapore.
- SGBC launched new Green Services Certification scheme at IGBC 2012
With the rising demand for green products and services in Singapore and overseas, SGBC has extended its certification scheme from Green Products, to include Green Services. SGBC's Green Services certification is the first of its kind in Singapore and aims to bring about greater recognition and new business opportunities for our green building professionals/ practitioners.
The services certification will help recognise building consultants and practitioners committed to supporting the green movement, by developing their in-house capabilities and competencies; adopting green corporate practices; and advocating sustainability in delivering their design and services.
- MOU with Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC)
SGBC has joined hands with Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) to certify "green" furniture products. This initiative, the first green furniture certification in Asia, marks an important milestone for both industry sectors. The close collaboration to "green" Singapore's furniture products will be sealed under an MOU to be signed this morning by Mr Tai Lee Siang, SGBC President and Mr James Goh, SFIC President.
Under the MOU, valid for 3 years, both councils will promote the certification and adoption of green furniture among furniture players like the manufacturers, designers, contractors and suppliers through several platforms such as seminars, conferences, exhibitions and networking events that will be held annually.
- MOU with China Green Building Council (CGBC)
SGBC signed an MOU with the CGBC in March 2012, to collaborate on the professional training of green building specialists. Following the MOU, SGBC will work with various interested parties towards providing professional training for building supervisors and professionals in building design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings in China. SGBC will also seek recognition for its green building product certification scheme in China as well as to promote the extensive range of green building expertise among SGBC members to meet the developmental needs of eco-cities and green buildings in China.
- MOU with Green Building Council Indonesia (GBCI)
SGBC signed an MOU with the GBCI in April 2012 to collaborate on certification of green products and professional training in the green building industry. Under this MOU with GBCI, both parties will work towards recognition of green building product certifications under the Green Building assessment scheme of Indonesia.
- Launch of Green Trends Seminar on June 8, 2012
SGBC organized the first bi-annual Green Trends seminar, where speakers from relevant fields came together to share best practices and the latest trends in the industry. The first seminar kicked off with a focus on certifying Interior Systems, especially green furniture.
- SGBC members score big wins at the BCA Awards
SGBC scored a record number of wins at the BCA Awards 2012, taking a total of 151 out of the 315 awards presented. Three out of four of the awards received by SGBC members were for their active promotion of the green message in the building and construction industry.
- Certification of Green Building Products
SGBP launched its first certification for green building products in January 2011, aimed at complementing the current BCA Green Mark certification for buildings. SGBC enlisted close to 100 experts in the industry to formulate criteria in four core areas, namely safety, health, performance efficiency and environmental protection, for the certification scheme.
- MOU with Beijing Construction Decoration Association (BCDA)
SGBC signed an MOU with BCDA in March 2011 at the 7th International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo (IGEBC) in Beijing,to explore collaboration of various initiatives on green building interiors. This will include the development of a Green Building Interior Standard for the Beijing interior and construction industry.
- WGBC Asia Pacific Network Workshop on 14 September 2011 in Singapore
SGBC co-chaired the World Green Building Council Asia Pacific Network with Green Building Council Australia to organize the Asia Pacific Network Policy Workshop. Held during the International Green Building Conference and APEC-ASEAN meetings in September 2011, this workshop enabled governments and Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific region to share the latest green building policies, measures and development in the respective countries.
- Project Insights with IBM and Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore in July 2011
SGBC collaborated with IBM in July 2011 to work on "Project Green Insights" to promote awareness of energy efficiency and to reduce energy costs using smart meters in schools. It is an innovative outreach programme to promote long-term environmental sustainability to the young in schools.
- Memorandum of Understanding "Unity in Green" Signing in September 2011
The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) signed separate Memoranda of Understanding with Housing & Development Board Building Research Institute (HDB-BRI), JTC Corporation (JTC), and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF). Themed "Unity in Green", these aimed at fostering closer collaboration between SGBC and each of three parties in promoting green building practices and technologies as well as the certification of green products.
- Launch of BCA-SGBC Individual Green Awards
The BCA-SGBC Individual Green Awards was launched in May 2011 to recognize outstanding industry practitioners and professionals for their consistent contribution to building a sustainable environment. All entries were judged by a panel of distinguished representatives from various disciplines within the building and construction industry and institutes of higher learning.
- SGBC hosted WorldGBC Congress 2010 and Inaugural Green Building Conference
SGBC became the first Asian member to host the WorldGBC Congress 2010, the most influential green building event in the world.
The Congress 2010, held on 13 – 14 September in Singapore, focused on the global exchange of green building knowledge and innovative concepts from industry practitioners from around the world.
It was held concurrently with the inaugural Green Building Conference and the BEX Asia exhibition.
- Official Launch of SGBC and Recognition as Established Member of World Green Building Council
SGBC's official launch and inception as an Established Member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) on 28 Oct 2009 was officiated by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development.
The WGBC is a union of national Green Building Councils from around the world, making it the largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace.
- SGBC's Founding Patron, Mr Mah Bow Tan
Mr Mah Bow Tan, the Minister for National Development from 1999-2011, was SGBC's Founding Patron in 2009.
During his ministerial tenure, he gave great impetus for the development of green buildings in Singapore as part of his sustainable development policies. As the co-chair of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development (IMCSD), he played an instrumental role in guiding the strategic focus for the 2nd BCA Green Building Masterplan, which has set a target to 'green' 80% of all buildings by 2030.
- Presentation of SGBC at World Green Building International Congress
SGBC was formally presented at the two-day World Green Building Congress held in Phoenix, USA in 9-10 November. Over 400 representatives from various green building councils (GBCs) attended.