8 outstanding individuals recognised for efforts in greening Singapore

Singapore, 15 May 2013 – Eight professionals with a strong passion in creating a green built environment will receive the prestigious BCA-SGBC Green Building Individual Awards tomorrow (16 May 2013) at the annual BCA Awards 2013 held at Resorts World Sentosa. This year, there are four Award winners and four Commendation Award recipients.

The award recognises professionals and practitioners from the built environment sector who have shown strong commitment and contribution in propelling a sustainable built environment in Singapore.

A new category was introduced this year to recognise the outstanding contribution of our younger professionals in shaping a sustainable built environment – the Young Green Building Individual Award. The two winners are:

        1. Young Green Building Individual Award (2013) 
            Dr Kelvin Lee Yang Pin
            Technical Manager, Samwoh Corporation Pte Ltd

        2. Young Green Building Individual Award (2013)
            Dr Uma Maheswaran
            Vice President, Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd

The other winners of the Green building Individual Awards are:

        3. Green Advocate of the Year Award (2013)
             Mr Mann Young

             Head of Sustainability, Asia, Lend Lease

        4. Green Engineer of the Year Award (2013) 
            Er. Russell Cole
            Director, Arup Singapore Pte Ltd 

           Green Building Individual Award 2013 (Commendation)

       5. Teh Poh Suan
           Director (Building Research), Housing and Development Board

       6. Owen Wee Liam Choo
            Vice President (Architectural), Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd

       7. Mr Jerry Ong Chin-Po
            Vice President (Architecture), CPG Consultants Pte Ltd

       8. Ms Jaye, Tan Jia Yee
            Architect, DP Architects Pte Ltd

Congratulating the winners, CEO of BCA Dr. John Keung said, “We have a record eight award recipients who have made significant contributions to the built environment sector with their passion and enthusiasm. This year, we introduced the inaugural Young Green Building Individual Award and the Commendation Award to recognise more green and young practitioners who have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and are on their way to making even greater contributions in the green building agenda. They are our outstanding industry practitioners and, as role models for our younger generation, energise and inspire them to scale new heights in sustainable development.”

One inaugural Young Green Building Individual Award winner, Dr. Kelvin Lee, is passionate in the recycling of waste materials and has led his research team at Samwoh Corporation to develop numerous recycled materials for construction applications, such as building, road and airfield pavement. He strongly believes that it is crucial to nurture the green mindset in students for a sustainable future, and does this by initiating green research projects with various tertiary institutions.

Meanwhile, the use of intelligent and integrated information systems to improve the built environment is the key to a sustainable built environment for Dr. Uma, fellow winner of the Inaugural Young Green Building Individual Award. He spearheaded the development of GM-Pro, a software tailor-made in collaboration with Integrated Environmental Solutions (United Kingdom) and BCA for Green Mark purposes, which would enhance the overall productivity of Singapore’s green built environment industry. Presently, he actively champions the use of Building Information Modelling, a 3-D modelling software for integrated design delivery in green and sustainable buildings.

With a passion for contributing to a greener built environment, Green Advocate of the Year, Mr Mann Young constantly introduces new innovative technology and programmes with the hopes of seeing a positive revolution in the built environment sector. At the same time, Er. Russell Cole will receive the Green Engineer of the Year title for playing a role in developing iconic green buildings in Singapore that have proven to be industry landmarks in sustainability.

Significant contributions by the four inaugural Green Building Individual Commendation Award recipients include Owen Wee’s initiative and work on the design of the first storm water management system in a public housing project, Er. Teh Poh Suan’s formulation of policies and guidelines on sustainability and energy initiatives relating to public housing projects, Jerry Ong’s development of sustainable hospital model designs, and Jaye Tan’s use of sustainable construction methods and materials for her energy efficient building designs.

Mr Tai Lee Siang, co-chairperson of the assessment committee and the Immediate Past President of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), commended the winners for their breakthrough efforts in driving the green building movement. He said, “SGBC’s role is to drive the industry forward in adopting green building design and features. We are very pleased to recognise our award winners for their leadership role in personally championing this role. For the newer entrants to the building and construction industry in particular, our award winners will serve as role models to show the influence that an individual can make to our collective built environment. SGBC plans to step up our outreach efforts to extend beyond our industry members and our award winners will be a great resource for us to draw on for inspiration. We look forward to having our award winners come on board and congratulate them on their achievements.”

For more information about the eight award recipients, please refer to the factsheet attached.

Jointly issued by the Building and Construction Authority and Singapore Green Building Council

About BCA

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore champions the development of an excellent built environment for Singapore. BCA’s mission is to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment, as these are four key elements where BCA has a significant influence. In doing so, it aims to differentiate Singapore’s built environment from those of other cities and contribute to a better quality of life for everyone in Singapore. Hence, its vision is to have “the best built environment for Singapore, our distinctive global city”. Together with its education arm, the BCA Academy of the Built Environment, BCA works closely with its industry partners to develop skills and expertise that help shape the best built environment for Singapore. For more information, visit www.bca.gov.sg.

About Singapore Green Building Council

Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) was set up in 2009 and is an established member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) since 2010. SGBC’s mission is to propel Singapore’s building and construction industry towards environmental sustainability. SGBC certifies products and services through its Singapore Green Building Products & Services Certification Scheme. The certification scheme complements the Building and Construction Authority (BCA)’s efforts in driving environmental sustainability towards the Singapore 2030 Sustainable Blueprint.

SGBC has 360 members and has certified about 250 green products since 2009.

For more information, visit www.sgbc.sg.

For media queries, please contact:

Peggy Lee
Executive Communications Manager                          
DID: 6325 5074
M: 9831 5240                                                                                     
Email: peggy_lee@bca.gov.sg 

Yvonne Soh
General Manager
Tel: 6634 5518 ext 108
M: 9115 7876
Email: yvonne_soh@sgbc.sg

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