Developers and building owners have the opportunity to take Singapore’s visionary accomplishments in green building to new heights according to experts at the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series, held today in Singapore and organized by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Carrier, the world leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
More than 130 building professionals attended the event, which delivers lectures to educate and inspire green building leaders across the globe. A Founding Member of the SGBC, Carrier has been working closely with the SGBC to achieve their shared vision of a sustainable built environment.
“Our vision is to build sustainable cities for better living, and we are glad to have many strong sustainability advocates like Carrier to journey along with us and help us achieve our vision,” said Mr Tai Lee Siang, president of SGBC. “These days, going green is no longer a question of why, but how soon and how fast. The Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing region for environmental goods and services in the world, and SGBC is keen to help our members to meet this need by tapping on the business opportunities in the region.”
A number of speakers shared their expertise on green building trends including John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer of the US Green Building Council and president of the Green Building Certification Institute, who presented a global perspective on energy efficiency, sustainability and green buildings at the event, and Valentine A. Lehr, senior partner, Lehr Consultants International, who discussed what it takes to embrace sustainable technology and sustainable building practices.
Lim Chan Boon and Kong Jia Hng of the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) presented updates on the BCA Green Mark Scheme for supermarkets and retail, and Ho Thiam Seng, vice chairman of the Asia Institute of Intelligent Building (Singapore Chapter) discussed the role of automation in sustainable buildings. Derrick Hong, general manager of Environmental Market Solutions, Singapore, looked at the benefits and pitfalls of ISO® 50001 certification.
“Carrier has been actively taking part in building sustainability, providing innovative solutions to improve efficiency and save energy. With new technologies, air conditioning systems are now significantly more efficient than systems available 10 years ago,” said Oon Wee Chin, Managing Director, Carrier South East Asia.
“Carrier understands the important balance between building technology today and the world we live in tomorrow. Singapore has an incredible opportunity to accelerate building efficiency and save energy,” Mandyck said. “It’s not a question anymore of a major development will be green – it’s only a discussion of how green.”
Launched in 2011 in the Middle East, Carrier’s Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series expanded its scope in 2012, bringing green building and sustainability experts to Brazil, the Middle East and now Singapore.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series to Singapore, and partner with Carrier in broadening the discussion on sustainability in buildings and accelerating awareness of sustainability development principles,” said Dr. Lee Siew Eang, SGBC Board Member and Technical Coordinator of SGBC’s Green Product Certification Scheme. “Carrier’s rotary screw chiller was one of the first to be certified by SGBC and also achieved the maximum green rating of 4 ticks. This speaks volumes about Carrier’s commitment to sustainability in product development as SGBC’s assessment is based on an integrated and multi-criteria approach, with close to 100 building professionals involved in formulating the criteria. Our partnership with Carrier in our various initiatives has certainly helped us to deliver on our green mandate.”
Carrier offers customers a leading portfolio of sustainable building system solutions, ranging from green building consulting and design and energy efficient air-conditioning systems to cutting-edge building automation systems and energy management services for both new construction and existing buildings.
For more information on Carrier and its sustainability initiatives, visit www.NaturalLeader.com.
Carrier is the world’s leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier improves the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.carrier.com for more information.
Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) was set up in 2009 to propel Singapore’s building and construction industry towards environmental sustainability. SGBC promotes green building design, practices and technologies; integrates green initiatives into mainstream design, construction and operation of buildings; as well as enhances capacity and professionalism to support the wider adoption of green building development and practices in Singapore.
SGBC, a member of World Green Building Council (WGBC) since 2010, certifies products and services through its Singapore Green Building Product & Services Certification Scheme. The certification scheme complements the Building and Construction Authority (BCA)’s efforts in driving environmental sustainability towards the Singapore 2030 Green Plan, and guides the industry’s choices in shaping our built environment. SGBC, which has over 300 members, has certified about 230 green products. Visit www.sgbc.sg for more information.