Sustainability has not only changed the way we design and construct buildings, but it has also impacted us in the way we live, work and play.
BEX Asia addresses these trends by showcasing green solutions such as building materials, building completion, building structures, energy management systems, HVAC, energy efficient lighting, green interiors, skyrise landscaping and many more. It offers a timely, conducive platform for green building industry leaders and market players to network, exchange ideas, discover the latest innovations and boost business prospects.
As an event that embraces the green, sustainable message, it aims to not only serve business intentions, but also ensure that the community – including its exhibitors and visitors play their part in “walking the talk”.
Visitors will experience a refreshed look at BEX Asia this year, as the booths are constructed with recyclable materials, and exhibitors are encouraged to design their booths using their own green products. Exhibitors will be recognised for their green efforts in their booth design, and awarded the Green Space Award.
To inspire and engage the community to embrace sustainability, BEX Asia has also launched a Facebook Photo Contest, to encourage the community to creatively capture green design and sustainable living in 3 photo categories: Environment/Landscape, Green Architecture/Buildings and People.
Sustainability has changed business practices in Southeast Asia greatly. Three companies in Singapore have made it to the exclusive Global 100 list, which consists of the world’s most sustainable companies. The companies are City Developments Limited (CDL), CapitaLand and StarHub.
In Singapore, the building sector is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emission. Therefore, developers and businesses are increasingly aware of the need to not just implement sustainable business practices, but also to influence their stakeholders.
Singapore is among the leading cities in skyrise greening with over 50 hectares of rooftop greenery in public and private buildings.
The Housing Development Board has also come up with labour saving technology like the Prefabricated Extensive Greening roof system, which allows plants to thrive without irrigation and uses lightweight plastic trays which are easy to install.
Other countries in the region are also expected to invest in the green movement.
In Thailand, USD13 billion may be needed over two decades by the energy efficiency and green construction sector. This conclusion comes after a report on energy efficiency spending between 2003 and 2011. Currently the sector is anticipating the positive effect of energy efficiency, green building standards and certification which will drive growth in the industry.
Also the Philippines is positioning itself as the regional hub of multinational corporations (MNCs), and the demand for environment-friendly smart buildings is gaining traction. A third of MNCs want their local headquarters in an “intelligent,” eco-friendly skyscraper. This was revealed by architects, urban planners, a real estate expert and a consultant for environment sustainable structures.
While in Malaysia, the government is currently working on a plan to convert all light bulbs in Government buildings to energy-saving bulbs. The Malaysian Government spends RM2.7bil a year on energy costs, and this does not include the electricity bill for statutory bodies. It is expected that the Government can save an estimated of at least RM800mil across the board if they switched to LED lighting.
Although the role of policymakers and government officers is central in driving the building and construction industry to design and develop green buildings, it is a three pronged approach – where government, building professionals and the community, all play an integral part.
All this and more will be discussed at the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2013, held in conjunction with BEX Asia 2013 on the 11-13 September 2013 at the Marina Bay Sands, and is supported by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC). BCA will also unveil the 3rd Green Building Masterplan, launch new Green Mark Schemes and latest updates on Green Mark at IGBC 2013.
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About BEX Asia
BEX Asia is Southeast Asia’s premier business platform for the green building and construction industry. It is a one-stop sourcing destination for cutting-edge products, innovative technologies and sustainable designs in building materials, energy efficiency systems, fittings and fixtures, and much more. It is an event that enhances your competitive edge in the world of Build Green. BEX Asia brings together skilled professionals, key industry practitioners, major specifiers and buyers from the region to build networks and create business opportunities, in support of the global trend to build greener communities for a greener future.
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