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Singapore Green Building Council names architect Tang Kok Thye as president

Tang succeeds Dr Ho Nyok Yong and takes the helm ahead of the launch of a new masterplan for sustainability in Singapore's building sector.

The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), a non-profit that works to advance the sustainability of the built environment in Singapore, has appointed a new president and executive board.

Tang Kok Thye, senior principal at architecture firm ADDP Architects, has been appointed president for a two-year term, and replaces outgoing president Dr Ho Nyok Yong.

Tang takes the reins just before the launch of a new masterplan to green the building sector, which includes a new target to increase the proportion of certified sustainable buildings in Singapore from 43 per cent in 2020 to 80 per cent by 2030.

In a statement, Tang said that the notion of green building “is rising to the forefront of social consciousness” in the wake of the launch of Singapore’s Green Plan earlier in the month.

Singapore’s climate goals include halving the amount of greenhouse gas emissions the city-state generates from its 2030 peak by 2050, and reducing the footprint of buildings will play a key role in meeting that goal. The building sector contributes to about a fifth of Singapore’s emissions.

The newly elected 16-person SGBC board includes Calvin Chung from JTC Corporation, Lynette Leong of CapitaLand, Tan Szue Hann of the Singapore Institute of Architects, Suresh Kulaveerasingham of National Environment Agency, and Professor Tham Kwok Wai of National University of Singapore.

During his tenure as SGBC president, Ho, who is also president of the Singapore Contractors Association, oversaw the review of the last Singapore Green Building Masterplan as well as the digitalisation of SGBC’s operations.

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