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What's hot on the green front? Let SGBC News bring you the latest on the green bandwagon, be it injecting fresh views on the sustainability landscape or engaging the community for a healthier and greener future.


  • 2 Aug 2018

    Green Buildings: A Concrete Climate Action

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    "I am what I am because of who we all are" - this was one of the key takeaways from Minister Masagos Zulkifli during the annual SGBC Leadership Conversations 2018 thought leadership forum. The Ubuntu philosophy strongly echoes Singapore's emphasis on climate action, all of us must work together to address the challenges brought about by climate change.

  • 23 Apr 2018

    Catalysing Sustainability

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    On 23 April 2018, SGBC organised the first-ever SGBC Green Catalyst Challenge 2018, a educational event themed around the UN SDGs for green building.


    Involving all five polytechnics in Singapore, student teams are tasked to conceptualise and develop workable green building solutions that are able to address one or more of the UN SDGs, involving the social and economic aspects of green building along with the architectural and design considerations.

    As a hackathon-inspired format, student teams pitched their proposed solutions to our panel of Mentors, Winners of the SGBC-BCA Sustainability Leadership Awards 2017. As leaders of their respective fields, the Mentors gave all teams plenty of food of thought, helped them to crystalise their ideas as well as inspired them to further develop their solutions. The Mentors will work with the student teams to refine their proposals before the Final Pitch event in July 2018.

    If you would like to know more about this event, contact James Tan at 6732-5518 or james_tan@sgbc.sg

  • 27 Mar 2018

    9th SGBC Annual General Meeting

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    On 27 March 2018, SGBC held its 9th Annual General Meeting to close to 100 Member Representatives. Acknowledging the support and assistance from many of SGBC's Member companies, the Council's activities have gained much traction in the building and construction industry.

    In the coming year, Members can look forward to more seminars, workshops and clinics as well as social events and the annual SGBC Gala Dinner which will host the WorldGBC Asia Pacific Network Leadership Awards for Green Building. 

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  • 22 Feb 2018

    A Green Space for Green Learning

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    Bukit View Secondary School (BVSS) students can look forward to having lessons in a green classroom fitted out with environmentally-preferred green building materials and eco-features.

    Officially opened on 22 February 2018 by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, the JOULES (Junior Outstanding Leaders in Environment for Sustainability) Smart Centre @ BVSS is a prime example of green building consciousness. With the support of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), BVSS worked with various like-minded environmentally-conscious industry partners to make the facility a reality.

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    As BVSS is an advocate for sustainability education and environmental stewardship, the JOULES Smart Centre is intended to bolster their four-year JOULES enrichment programme in order to better educate their students on key environmental issues and developments. Constructed with sustainability in mind, the JOULES Smart Centre was of the brainchild of SGBC’s Green Schools Initiative (GSI) educational outreach programme. These SGBC Green-certified professional services and products have helped the Centre to be energy efficient while creating a healthier indoor environment for the students.

    Mr Masagos said, “The JOULES Smart Centre, with its green products and features, is a good example of sustainability practised. I hope the facility will inspire students to think about incorporating sustainable living in every aspect of their life, and to turn some of these ideas into action.”

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    Fitted out with a wide range of certified green building products ranging from paint to the flooring, the facility also makes use of proven green building design features to overcome building issues. For example, using a combination of ceiling fans with air-conditioning set to higher temperatures can maintain comfort while reducing electricity consumption at the same time. An indoor green wall located at the front of the room improves indoor air quality and reduces noise levels by absorbing acoustic energy, giving students a healthy, positive place for learning. Apart from these, fittings and furniture provide for a conducive and attractive learning facility.

    “When we first started on this endeavour, we were hoping to find building products that were suitable for our needs,” recounted Mr Vasuthevan K Ramamurthy, Principal of BVSS. “Through SGBC, we were able to gain access to a pool of certified building solutions that helped us to create a Smart Centre that exceeded our expectations. I am confident that our students will be making good use of this facility for the years to come.”

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    The JOULES Smart Centre will be used for BVSS’ special curricular classes, as well as other school events and functions. Furthermore, plans are in the pipeline to enable community usage of the JOULES Smart Centre. SGBC is also looking into developing a case study using the JOULES Smart Centre as a benchmark to make the case for greener, healthier classrooms.

    “Green building should not be adopted by just the building and construction industry alone. Research has shown that Green Mark-certified buildings are not only better for the environment, but also have positive effects for the building occupants. In the case of the JOULES Smart Centre at Bukit View Secondary School, it also serves as an invaluable learning opportunity to students,” highlighted Mr Tan Swee Yiow, President of the SGBC. “In Singapore’s Year of Climate Action, SGBC will ramp up educational efforts on the benefits of green buildings.”