Singapore Green Building Council Updates April 2013

Sunday 28th April 2013

A new Board has been elected for 2013-2015 at Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), with Mr. Ng Eng Kiong as new President. He is taking over from Mr. Tai Lee Siang, who will serve as the Immediate Past President for the coming two years.

Mr. Ng is a keen advocate of continuous learning and the promotion of environmental sustainability in his firm Squire Mech Pte Ltd, as well as in the industry. “SGBC members span the entire value chain of the building and construction industry. However, as the leader of the green movement in Singapore, we must strive to have all within our industry represented, both the big players and smaller companies, in order to accomplish green progress in all types of building projects. New key players in the green building movement, such as landscape designers and contractors, will need to also come on board as urban greenery is now gaining popularity in buildings and its environment, and amongst building occupants. These are going to be some of our focus areas in the coming years”.

Mr. Ng held several senior management positions during his time with the Housing and Development Board (HDB) from 1974 to 1989. As Managing Director at Squire Mech Pte Ltd, Mr. Ng was instrumental in leading the firm to be one of the leading mechanical and electrical engineering consulting firm with numerous projects, clinching Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Awards, and achieving the BCA Built Environment Leadership Awards 2009, Gold Class.

Mr. Ng has been an active member in the Electrical and Electronic Standards Committee of SPRING and has also been involved in the drafting of several Singapore Standard Specifications and Codes of Practice.

For his dedicated efforts in improving productivity of construction project sites, Mr Ng has been recognized as a BCA Certified Construction Productivity Professional (Honorary). He served as a member of the BCA Construction Excellence Awards Evaluation Committee from 2011 to 2013, and the BCA Construction Productivity Awards Assessment Committee in 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Ng Eng Kiong will assume the new Board position on 21 March, 2013. “Despite the forecast of an economic slowdown, I’m confident SGBC will keep adding value to our members as well as thrive in our work of establishing a green building baseline. We aim to demonstrate the business case for green buildings and promote that green building not only makes a good investment, but is the only path ahead for the generations to come”.

The announcement of the entire new SGBC Board is as follows:

SGBC Board Title

Name

Professional Title

Company

President

Mr. Ng Eng Kiong

Managing Director

Squire Mech Pte Ltd

Immediate Past President

Mr. Tai Lee Siang

Past President

Singapore Institute of

Architects

1st Vice-President

Mr. Chia Ngiang Hong

Group General Manager

City Developments Limited

2nd Vice-President

Mr. Tan Tian Chong

Group Director, Technology Development Group

Building and Construction Authority

Secretary

Dr. Johnny Wong

Group Director

Housing and Development Board

Assistant Secretary

Ms. Foo Peng Er

Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety

CapitaLand Limited

Treasurer

Mr. Tan Siong Leng

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Urban Redevelopment Authority

Assistant Treasurer

Mr. Tan Swee Yiow

President, Singapore

Keppel Land International Limited

Technical Coordinator

Mr. Eugene Seah

Deputy Chairman

Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd

Member

Dr. Sitaraman Chandra

Sekhar

Associate Professor, Department of Building

Centre for Total Bldg Performance, NUS

Member

Dr. Tseng King Jet

Head of Power Engineering and Deputy Director of Centre for E-City

Energy Research Institute, NTU

Member

Mr. Koh Kim Hock

Director-General

National Environment Agency

Member

Ms. Vivien Heng

Projects Director

RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

Member

Dr. Ho Nyok Yong

President

Singapore Contractors Association Ltd

Member

Mr. Seah Choo Meng 

President

Society of Project Managers

Member

Mr. Pek Lian Guan

Chief Executive Officer

Tiong Seng Contractors Limited

Honorary Advisor

Mr. Lee Chuan Seng

Non-executive Chairman

Beca Carter Hollings Ferner (SEA) Pte Ltd

Honorary Advisor

Dr. Lee Siew Eang

Director

Centre for Total Bldg Performance, NUS

 

Green Schools Initiative

The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) launched a new programme for schools in January 2013.  The Green Schools Initiative aims to equip students and schools with an understanding of the role that buildings play in environmental sustainability, and the impact that building design and technology have on the performance of buildings. 

Under the Green Schools Initiative, SGBC will develop a set of sustainability-themed training resources to help students and schools better appreciate the various aspects of a building that make it ‘green’ and the practices that can be adopted to enhance a building’s environmental performance.  The delivery of this awareness-building programme will be by building industry practitioners drawn from SGBC’s member companies. Companies can volunteer to join this programme as part of outreach or corporate citizenry efforts. 

The other aspect of the Green Schools Initiative relates to the technical infrastructure of schools. The Initiative will provide a platform for companies who wish to contribute to the greening of schools by providing know-how and technology. SGBC’s Green Schools Initiative will match companies/ technologies with suitable schools.

Through this Initiative, SGBC hopes to help educate and inspire a new generation of building users.  It is also a meaningful way for SGBC members to contribute back to society through the school community. By sharing the industry’s expertise and technologies, SGBC hopes to further engage stakeholders in schools and drive the market transformation and demand for green buildings.

 

Call for Presentations for the International Green Building Conference 2013 (IGBC), 11 – 13 September 2013

Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for the International Green Building Conference 2013 (IGBC2013) held from 11 – 13 September 2013 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Themed "Build Green. Live Green", IGBC 2013 aims to inspire a holistic focus on resource efficiency and environmental sustainability as core to driving business strategies and innovation throughout an organization. The presentations at IGBC could be either:

  • Academic / research specific: focusing on academic topic and research in the area of green building
  • Industry specific: focusing on industry trends/updates, areas of specialisation and best practices in the green building industry

The duration of presentation is 25 minutes.

Click here for more information on the Call for Presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is 17th May 2013.

 

About the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2013

Organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, the International Green Building Conference 2013 (IGBC 2013) held in Marina Bay Sands, will be the anchor event of the Singapore Green Building week. As the region’s premier green building event, IGBC 2013 is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants from over 30 countries - from thought leaders, real estate developers to urban planners, architects, engineers, builders and other industry professionals - committed to understanding and putting into action real-world, tangible green building solutions. Also present at the conference will be policy-makers and key government officials from several growth markets, who will give their unique public sector perspective on green building solutions, policies and plans. Academia will also share their latest research findings in green building fields.

A new Board has been elected for 2013-2015 at Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), with Mr. Ng Eng Kiong as new President. He is taking over from Mr. Tai Lee Siang, who will serve as the Immediate Past President for the coming two years.

Mr. Ng is a keen advocate of continuous learning and the promotion of environmental sustainability in his firm Squire Mech Pte Ltd, as well as in the industry. “SGBC members span the entire value chain of the building and construction industry. However, as the leader of the green movement in Singapore, we must strive to have all within our industry represented, both the big players and smaller companies, in order to accomplish green progress in all types of building projects. New key players in the green building movement, such as landscape designers and contractors, will need to also come on board as urban greenery is now gaining popularity in buildings and its environment, and amongst building occupants. These are going to be some of our focus areas in the coming years”.

Mr. Ng held several senior management positions during his time with the Housing and Development Board (HDB) from 1974 to 1989. As Managing Director at Squire Mech Pte Ltd, Mr. Ng was instrumental in leading the firm to be one of the leading mechanical and electrical engineering consulting firm with numerous projects, clinching Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Awards, and achieving the BCA Built Environment Leadership Awards 2009, Gold Class.

Mr. Ng has been an active member in the Electrical and Electronic Standards Committee of SPRING and has also been involved in the drafting of several Singapore Standard Specifications and Codes of Practice.

For his dedicated efforts in improving productivity of construction project sites, Mr Ng has been recognized as a BCA Certified Construction Productivity Professional (Honorary). He served as a member of the BCA Construction Excellence Awards Evaluation Committee from 2011 to 2013, and the BCA Construction Productivity Awards Assessment Committee in 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Ng Eng Kiong will assume the new Board position on 21 March, 2013. “Despite the forecast of an economic slowdown, I’m confident SGBC will keep adding value to our members as well as thrive in our work of establishing a green building baseline. We aim to demonstrate the business case for green buildings and promote that green building not only makes a good investment, but is the only path ahead for the generations to come”.

The announcement of the entire new SGBC Board is as follows:

SGBC Board Title

Name

Professional Title

Company

President

Mr. Ng Eng Kiong

Managing Director

Squire Mech Pte Ltd

Immediate Past President

Mr. Tai Lee Siang

Past President

Singapore Institute of

Architects

1st Vice-President

Mr. Chia Ngiang Hong

Group General Manager

City Developments Limited

2nd Vice-President

Mr. Tan Tian Chong

Group Director, Technology Development Group

Building and Construction Authority

Secretary

Dr. Johnny Wong

Group Director

Housing and Development Board

Assistant Secretary

Ms. Foo Peng Er

Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety

CapitaLand Limited

Treasurer

Mr. Tan Siong Leng

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Urban Redevelopment Authority

Assistant Treasurer

Mr. Tan Swee Yiow

President, Singapore

Keppel Land International Limited

Technical Coordinator

Mr. Eugene Seah

Deputy Chairman

Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd

Member

Dr. Sitaraman Chandra

Sekhar

Associate Professor, Department of Building

Centre for Total Bldg Performance, NUS

Member

Dr. Tseng King Jet

Head of Power Engineering and Deputy Director of Centre for E-City

Energy Research Institute, NTU

Member

Mr. Koh Kim Hock

Director-General

National Environment Agency

Member

Ms. Vivien Heng

Projects Director

RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

Member

Dr. Ho Nyok Yong

President

Singapore Contractors Association Ltd

Member

Mr. Seah Choo Meng 

President

Society of Project Managers

Member

Mr. Pek Lian Guan

Chief Executive Officer

Tiong Seng Contractors Limited

Honorary Advisor

Mr. Lee Chuan Seng

Non-executive Chairman

Beca Carter Hollings Ferner (SEA) Pte Ltd

Honorary Advisor

Dr. Lee Siew Eang

Director

Centre for Total Bldg Performance, NUS

 

Green Schools Initiative

The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) launched a new programme for schools in January 2013.  The Green Schools Initiative aims to equip students and schools with an understanding of the role that buildings play in environmental sustainability, and the impact that building design and technology have on the performance of buildings. 

Under the Green Schools Initiative, SGBC will develop a set of sustainability-themed training resources to help students and schools better appreciate the various aspects of a building that make it ‘green’ and the practices that can be adopted to enhance a building’s environmental performance.  The delivery of this awareness-building programme will be by building industry practitioners drawn from SGBC’s member companies. Companies can volunteer to join this programme as part of outreach or corporate citizenry efforts. 

The other aspect of the Green Schools Initiative relates to the technical infrastructure of schools. The Initiative will provide a platform for companies who wish to contribute to the greening of schools by providing know-how and technology. SGBC’s Green Schools Initiative will match companies/ technologies with suitable schools.

Through this Initiative, SGBC hopes to help educate and inspire a new generation of building users.  It is also a meaningful way for SGBC members to contribute back to society through the school community. By sharing the industry’s expertise and technologies, SGBC hopes to further engage stakeholders in schools and drive the market transformation and demand for green buildings.

 

Call for Presentations for the International Green Building Conference 2013 (IGBC), 11 – 13 September 2013

Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for the International Green Building Conference 2013 (IGBC2013) held from 11 – 13 September 2013 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Themed "Build Green. Live Green", IGBC 2013 aims to inspire a holistic focus on resource efficiency and environmental sustainability as core to driving business strategies and innovation throughout an organization. The presentations at IGBC could be either:

  • Academic / research specific: focusing on academic topic and research in the area of green building
  • Industry specific: focusing on industry trends/updates, areas of specialisation and best practices in the green building industry

The duration of presentation is 25 minutes.

Click here for more information on the Call for Presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is 17th May 2013.

 

About the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2013

Organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, the International Green Building Conference 2013 (IGBC 2013) held in Marina Bay Sands, will be the anchor event of the Singapore Green Building week. As the region’s premier green building event, IGBC 2013 is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants from over 30 countries - from thought leaders, real estate developers to urban planners, architects, engineers, builders and other industry professionals - committed to understanding and putting into action real-world, tangible green building solutions. Also present at the conference will be policy-makers and key government officials from several growth markets, who will give their unique public sector perspective on green building solutions, policies and plans. Academia will also share their latest research findings in green building fields.