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  • 11 Dec 2020

    Strengthening Access to Sustainability

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    In the witness of Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development, SGBC cemented today a new partnership with Singapore Polytechnic, to enable the exchange of technical resources and expertise to efficiently and proactively promote green building products and practices to the industry.

    As a new collaboration in the new normal, this strategic alliance with one of Singapore's most established institutes of higher learning will chiefly promote the advancement of greener and more sustainable built environment materials and products. SGBC and SP will leverage the respective strengths of each organisation to help drive meaningful and impactful change for the built environment sector as well as help Singapore transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future.

    Under the auspices of the MOU, both organisations will work together to enable exchange of technical resources and expertise to efficiently and proactively promote green products and practices to the industry and community through five (5) key initiatives:

    1. Advancement of Greener & More Sustainable Built Environment Materials
    2. Understanding the Embodied Carbon of Materials
    3. Co-organising of Green Building related Courses/ Seminars/ Conferences
    4. Outreach to Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs)
    5. Exploration of joint Research Opportunities in Green Technology

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    “As we strive to emerge stronger from COVID-19, a key priority will be our efforts to build a more resilient and sustainable built environment. It is heartening to see industry organisations taking the lead to manage sectoral challenges,” said Mr Desmond Lee, who is also Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration. “The expertise brought to the table by both organisations – the research & development know-how of SP together with the industry connections of SGBC – will create a powerful ecosystem to enable stronger efforts in promoting sustainable practices to the rest of the built environment.”

    A key initiative of this collaboration is the advancement of greener and more sustainable built environment materials and products. SP’s expertise in the testing of built environment materials will help to enhance SGBC’s industry-recognised Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) certification scheme for green building products, which complements the national Green Mark certification scheme for green buildings. SGBC is also looking into expanding the coverage of its certification programme to address a wider range of construction materials and products in support of Singapore’s move towards zero waste. SGBC will work closely with SP to effectively and meaningfully determine the green quotient for such construction products through certification and testing. This will allow the industry greater access to a wider pool of green building materials certified for their environmental performance.

    “The urgency to build a sustainable environment for future generations has become more significant and clearer in recent years as we see more enterprises and consumers adopt new business practices and consumption habits respectively in confronting the impact of climate change,” said Mr Soh Wai Wah, Principal & Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Polytechnic. “Our collaboration with the Singapore Green Building Council will enable the built environment sector to harness the polytechnic’s long-standing research and technological expertise in creating advanced materials as well as to co-develop practical sustainable solutions and products for consumers. This strategic partnership will bring Singapore Polytechnic and local enterprises closer together to support our national vision of creating a low-carbon, sustainable future Singapore.”

    The second main objective of the MOU is to support the industry in seeking a better understanding of the embodied carbon of construction materials. The built environment is responsible for 40 percent of global carbon emissions, with embodied carbon emissions being especially critical. If embodied carbon emissions are not addressed before the building project moves past the design stage, there is no way for building owners to reclaim lost carbon savings once the building is constructed and subsequently used. Enhancing understanding of embodied carbon would allow both industry practitioners and end-users to make sense of a product’s carbon footprint and from there make more informed building material choices, especially when undergoing building and renovation projects.

    “It is no exaggeration to say that the world has been turned upside down from wide-reaching developments on the global front. Our buildings and infrastructure assets play a very pivotal role in our sustainable development ambitions and climate aspirations as we move into a very different business-as-usual,” emphasised Dr. Ho Nyok Yong, President of the SGBC. “Greening the built environment must be one of our top priorities as we go forward, and I am confident that both SGBC and SP will leverage our respective strengths to make this partnership a success, working together to drive meaningful and impactful change for the built environment sector and help Singapore transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future.”

    The other initiatives under the MOU revolve around outreach to the industry and students of Singapore’s institutes of higher learning, along with exploration of potential joint research projects in deep-expertise areas of green building such as renewable energy, tri-gen technology, urban regenerative technologies as well as low-carbon/ net zero carbon solutions.

    Click on the following links to watch the speech recordings as well as highlights of the MOU signing:

  • 26 May 2020

    Preparing for the New Business As Usual

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    Close to 600 participants heard from a panel of built environment experts on how green buildings can help organisations prepare for the new business as usual via a special webinar organised by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) on 26 May 2020.


    As Singapore gets ready to exit the Circuit Breaker period through a phased approach from 2 June 2020, employees are preparing their return to the workplace. While working-from-home has gone through the crucible over the past few weeks to become the new norm, offices and other workplace premises still cannot be completely done away with. Our workplaces must be made ready and safe for employees to return.

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    The built environment, being where we spend the majority of our time in, have key roles to play in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of its occupants. Green buildings, with their emphasis on occupant health and wellbeing on top of environmental sustainability, form an additional layer of protection against harmful pathogens and indoor pollutants. Worldwide, building-based prevention and control measures have become one of the most important methods of fighting against the effects of the pandemic.

    During the special webinar put together by SGBC, participants got a close look at how our buildings can prepare for the resumption of work and the new business as usual. The webinar covered three main topics delivered by industry veterans from SGBC Member organisations (NUS, Beca and Keppel Land): the role of indoor air quality and ventilation systems in reducing airborne pathogens, how to reoccupy buildings the right way as well as how industry players are facilitating the return to work.

    In the words of SGBC President Dr. Ho Nyok Yong during his opening address, "Think of green buildings as a giant N95 facemask, protecting you from harmful toxins the moment you step in. Green buildings also take into consideration other factors such as lighting and acoustic comfort to promote and protect the health of its occupants." 

    As we prepare to return to the office, we must ensure that the buildings we live, work and play in are buildings we can live with.

  • 3 Feb 2020

    Walking the Talk: Leading Industry Transformation

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    The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) officially opened on 3 February 2020 its new base of operations at the BCA Braddell Campus (formerly known as the BCA Academy), signalling the Council’s leading role in the transformation of the Singapore building and construction industry.

  • 27 Jan 2020

    SGBC Advisory on COVID-19

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    In light of the recent developments of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China, SGBC is taking the necessary precautions to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our Members, Partners and Secretariat.


    All stakeholders are advised to take the appropriate precautionary measures in accordance with the latest advisories published by the Singapore Government which can be found here: https://www.moh.gov.sg/2019-ncov-wuhan/advisories-for-various-sectors

    In view of the elevation of the DORSCON Level to ORANGE by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on 7 February 2020, SGBC will be implementing additional precautionary measures in accordance with MOH’s recommendations.

    With effect from Monday, 10 February 2020, all personnel and visitors entering the SGBC Office on the BCA Braddell Campus will have to:

    Complete an online BCA Braddell Campus Travel Declaration Form

    • An Acknowledgement Email from BCA will sent to your email address upon completion
    • Show Acknowledgment Email at the Campus Gate to gain entry
    • Note that the Form will have to be completed each time you enter the Campus

    All SGBC events will be suspended for the time being and rescheduled to later dates.

    For outstanding payments, electronic payments will be appreciated to reduce the need for staff to go to the bank. For any assistance in making payment, please contact SGBC at [email protected]

    Prior arranged meetings may be rescheduled as SGBC staff will be divided into separate teams operating onsite on alternate days.

    We would like to assure Members that a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is in place for SGBC’s operations. As most of SGBC’s operations and work processes have been shifted to digital platforms (including telecommunications and document submissions), no impact to day-to-day operations is expected. Members may still continue to contact SGBC at our usual communication platforms.

    We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates accordingly.

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  • 21 Jan 2020

    SGBC Members among world's most sustainable companies

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    SGBC Member organisations have earned spots on the Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable corporations. In addition, property developers City Developments Limited (CDL) and CapitaLand (both SGBC Founding Members) are two of only three Singapore companies that made the list this year.

  • 8 Jan 2020

    Strong business case for developers to adopt the highest Green Mark rating

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    A consultancy study was conducted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to examine the robustness and cost effectiveness of the BCA Green Mark Schemes.