Singapore to host World Green Building International Congress

Singapore’s green building movement is at another significant milestone as the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) is unveiled as an Established Member of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) network at its Annual General Meeting today (19 March 2010).

Representing Singapore at the WorldGBC, the Singapore Green Building Council is instrumental in articulating the country’s green building interests and leveraging on the wide resource of international expertise that the WorldGBC provides.

The Singapore Green Building Council has also won hosting rights to the two-day World Green Building International Congress 2010 from 13 to 14 September 2010 the marquee event in the international body’s calendar.

The Congress will be the highlight in a series of events leading up to World Green Building Day on 23 September. Other events include the industry exhibition BEX Asia 2010, and the inaugural SGBC Green Building Conference. All these events will take place during the 2nd Singapore Green Building Week.

The World Green Building International Congress is an annual forum for representatives from the different Green Building Councils around the world to meet and discuss its objectives, policies and developmental strategies. It also brings together influential stakeholders from various related industries and international sustainable development experts.

Minister for National Development and Founding Patron of SGBC, Mr. Mah Bow Tan, commended the Council for its role in raising Singapore’s profile in the area of global sustainable development.

“The Singapore Green Building Council is an example of how the private and public sector can work together to drive Singapore’s environmental sustainability strategy. I am heartened at the progress the Council has made internationally, and would like to encourage the members to keep up the good work,” said Mr Mah.

The Singapore Green Building Council has also launched its green building product listing website which links manufacturers and suppliers of green building products to building professionals, who in turn will benefit from the convenient resource of technical information. The SGBC welcomes manufacturers and suppliers of green building products to apply for listing at http://www.sgbc.sg/index.php/listing/apply_product

Founding President of SGBC, Mr. Lee Chuan Seng, added: “The impetus to move Singapore towards sustainable building rests on positive linkages between private and public stakeholders. We have demonstrated in a short time that sustainability can be given more focus by companies in the building sector. I am confident that SGBC will continue to make progress in product certification as well as to build its global brand.”

SGBC has also entered into a long-term partnership with REED Exhibitions, the organizers of Build Eco Xpo Asia (BEX Asia), to deliver a dedicated trade event for the industry that has a strategic focus on bringing green building to the forefront of the industry’s needs. BEX Asia is a platform on which allows exhibitors to present their products and educate potential customers on the benefits of their solutions. Last year, over 200 participating exhibitors from 21 countries reached out to more than 6,400 visitors from around the region.

About the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC)

The inauguration of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) opens a significant chapter in Singapore’s commitment towards creating a sustainable built environment. It is an industry-led initiative which works towards convergence of all stakeholders in green building on a common resource- and knowledge-base.

SGBC’s mission is to propel Singapore’s building and construction industry towards environmental sustainability by promoting green building design, practices and technologies; integrating green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction and operation of buildings; as well as enhancing capacity and professionalism to support wider adoption of green building development and practices in Singapore.

Its work will complement the government’s efforts to accelerate the greening of Singapore’s buildings by 2030, while at the same time provide opportunities to share knowledge with other countries in its climatic zone.

The SGBC membership is open to developers, contractors, manufacturers/suppliers, engineers, architects, institutions/associations, agencies and individuals concerned with or interested in transforming Singapore’s built environment towards a sustainable future.

About the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is a union of national councils with a mission to accelerate the transformation of the global built environment towards sustainability. Current member Green Building Councils (GBCs) represent over 50 percent of global construction activity, and touch more than 10,000 companies and organizations worldwide. GBCs are consensus-based, not-for-profit organizations that are highly effective at engaging leaders across sectors to transform the built environment.

WorldGBC’s mission:
1. To ensure GBCs are successful and have the tools necessary to advance,
2. Stand as the premier international voice for green building design and development,
3. Foster effective communications and collaboration between Councils, countries and industry leaders,
4. Support effective green building rating systems, and
5. Share best practices globally

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