12-14 August 2016: Climate Innovation Challenge

The Building & Construction Authority (BCA), National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) and JTC Corporation have organised a Climate Innovation Challenge, more details below!

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Green Drinks: Shifts and Solutions in Sustainable Commercial Interiors

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Space has always been a premium in Singapore. With shorter lease periods, a rapidly growing talent pool and continuously changing regulations, the commercial interior industry in Singapore is one of the fastest developing studies in human behaviour and the environment.

But sustainable interiors don’t simply mean planter boxes, recycling bins or green walls. To create a sustainable environment takes better planning, better design, better construction and better regulations. How does the industry tackle the shifts and challenges of growing population and balanced workspace? What does it mean for users who spend 8 hours a day in an office?

This month, Green Drinks present insights and solutions from industry leaders: Haworth, Interface and Singapore Green Building Council in a discussion to dig deeper into users’ expectations and industry regulations in relation to our wellbeing. If you work in an office for more than 5 hours a day, please join us!

Moderator: Ms Bhavani Prakash, founder of Eco WALK the Talk and TEDxSpeaker.

Speakers:

Mr. Robert Coombs, CEO, Asia Pacific, Interface Inc.
Ms. Faye Hugo, Workplace Wellness and Sustainability Consultant, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Haworth
Mr. Tan Phay Ping, Board Member of Singapore Green Building Council

Event Details:
Time & Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6.30 PM – 10 PM
Venue: Haworth Showroom, 20 Anson Road #09-03, Twenty Anson, Singapore 079912

Food & drinks provided To register, please fill out the form:

If the form doesn’t work, please click: http://goo.gl/forms/YzdDCkHet4 Hope to see you there!

Channel NewsAsia: Student competition aims to find solutions to climate change problems

Channel NewsAsia today reported that the National Climate Change Secretariat has launched a competition which includes a Short Film Challenge and a Technology Project Challenge. More details below.

Student competition aims to find solutions to climate change problems

SINGAPORE: Students can now help to spread the message and raise awareness on climate change through the National Climate Change Competition (NCCC).

They can also propose ways to slow down the pace of climate change and reduce carbon emissions, either through the use of technology or individual actions.

The competition is organised by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), with support from the Ministry of Education, Building and Construction Authority, National Environment Agency, National Research Foundation, and the National Youth Achievement Award Council.

The theme of the competition is “Singapore: A Climate Change Resilient City” and the competition will feature two components, a Short Film Challenge and a Technology Project Challenge.

The Short Film Challenge is open to students in primary and secondary schools, junior colleges, centralised institute (CIs), institutes of technical education (ITEs), polytechnics and universities.

They can produce videos of up to five minutes each, highlighting the causes and effects of climate change and how individuals can reduce their carbon footprints.

The closing date for the Short Film Challenge is 7 May.

The Technology Project Challenge is for upper secondary and junior college students, as well as those from CI, ITEs, polytechnics and universities, including post-graduate students.

In this category, the students will look for innovative project ideas that will result in workable solutions through the use of technology to reduce carbon emissions.

The closing date for the Technology Project Challenge is 25 June.

Teams that are selected to enter the final stage will have another four months to develop a prototype for final judging and will be mentored by experts from the research and innovation community.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winners of the Short Film Challenge and the Technology Project Challenge.

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The Straits Times: Green Mark hits 1,000th landmark

The Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre is the 1000th Green Mark certified building. In the pipeline is a Green Mark scheme for data centres. The Straits Times reports.

Green Mark hits 1,000th landmark

Pasir Ris sports centre is latest to be certified for eco-friendly features

The sun louvres on the facade of the recently opened Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre look brand-new, but they were actually made from timber benches from the old National Stadium.

The use of the recycled materials and other environmentally friendly features has won the complex the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) green certification, known as the Green Mark.

The sports complex is also the 1,000th building here to attain the Green Mark, a milestone for the scheme that started with just 17 buildings in 2005.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who went on a morning walk with 500 residents on Sunday to mark the occasion, described the recycling of the National Stadium benches as a ‘nice touch’.

The old stadium held many fond memories for him, said Mr Teo, who is an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. He cited the National Day Parades, football matches and South-east Asian Games events that used to be held there.

The Green Mark scheme, he said, is an integral part of national efforts to reduce emissions and contribute to climate change mitigation efforts.

Now, 13 per cent of the buildings here have some form of Green Mark certification. The BCA aims to have 80 per cent of all buildings here certified by 2030.

The sports and recreation centre, officially opened last November, is the Singapore Sports Council’s (SSC) first Green Mark-certified sports complex. Costing around $40 million to build, it houses an indoor sports hall, swimming pools, futsal and tennis courts and a gym. It also has food and sporting equipment outlets.

The building comes with several environmentally friendly features.

It has 2,400 sq m of rooftop solar panels installed, which generate enough energy to power 43 four-room Housing Board flats. The panels supply up to 12 per cent of the total energy used by the centre and will save the SSC about $57,000 in electricity bills a year.

The complex has energy-efficient LED lighting and green walls installed, and is designed such that wind is funnelled into the corridors for natural ventilation.

The louvres made from the benches shade the corridors from the sun, which further reduces the build-up of heat.

SSC chief of sports facilities Kenneth Hui said the council will gradually introduce green features to its 20 other sports complexes, instead of closing them temporarily for major upgrades. ‘We do not want to inconvenience our users. Whatever we can do, we will do in bits and pieces as part of our normal upgrading.’

BCA chief executive John Keung said he expects more owners of existing buildings to introduce green features, especially with rising energy costs.

He highlighted the $100 million Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings as a source of funding to assist building owners in undertaking such projects.

He said the BCA will soon introduce a new Green Mark scheme for data centres. It is developed in partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority.

AsiaOne: Singapore companies encouraged to explore sustainable construction

During the International Holcim Awards for Asia Pacific recently, Chief Executive Officer of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Dr John Keong talked about the $15 milliion that was pledged by the government to the Sustainable Construction Capability Development Fund, and encouraged companies in Singapore to apply to use this fund.

This story was taken from AsiaOne.

Singapore companies encouraged to explore sustainable construction

Companies in Singapore are strongly encouraged to explore sustainable construction in their building projects and to address resource efficiency issues.

Chief executive officer of the Building and Construction Authority Dr John Keong spoke about the government’s commitment in providing funds for sustainable constructions at the 3rd International Holcim Awards for Asia Pacific.

During his speech, Dr Keong spoke about Singapore’s plan on working towards zero landfill, reducing the needs of basic construction materials, and to build capabilities among local industry players.

“For this region, the question is no longer whether we should embrace sustainable construction and developments, but it is how fast we can move to achieve sustainability,” said Dr Keong.

In April 2010, the government pledged $15 million to support the Sustainable Construction Capability Development Fund to develop capabilities, such as recycling waste and using recyclable material for building and construction.

BCA has received 60 proposals to date and $3 million have been committed so far.

Dr Keong strongly encouraged companies who have yet to make use of the fund to do so.

“I strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to explore technologies and methodologies applicable to sustainable construction,” said Dr Keong.

During the awards ceremony, Dr Keong also applauded the 216 submissions from Asia Pacific for the Holcim Awards, which honours winning projects that demonstrate how sustainable approaches to infrastructure for communities and innovative architecture can improve the built environment and enhance quality of life.

He stated that the number of entries submitted from the region showed that Asia Pacific “is not far off from US and Europe in terms of technical contribution and technological know-how of sustainable construction”.

A project that upgrades a traditional building method with effective low-tech measures in Lahore, Pakistan won the top prize of USD 100,000 (S$130,160).

The silver award was presented to a Thai team project for the conversion of a former textile factory into an urban agricultural zone, while the third prize was presented to an ecologically-designed retail and commercial building in Malaysia.

Channel NewsAsia: New financing scheme for energy efficient buildings

Channel NewsAsia reported last week that the Building Construction Authority (BCA) had launched the “Building Retrofit Energy Efficiency Financing Scheme” and will partner Standard Chartered Bank and United Overseas Bank in financing the loans.

New financing scheme for energy efficient buildings

SINGAPORE: A new financing scheme has been launched to help owners retrofit old buildings to make them more energy efficient.

Announcing this at the opening of the International Green Building Conference at Suntec City on Wednesday, Minister of State for National Development Brigadier-General (NS) Tan Chuan Jin said the “Building Retrofit Energy Efficiency Financing Scheme” will start on a pilot basis from October 1.

He said Singapore’s exisiting buildings make up more than 95 per cent of the total building stock and Singapore can reduce its carbon footprint by making old buildings more energy efficient.

The Building Construction Authority (BCA) will partner two financial institutions – Standard Chartered Bank and United Overseas Bank – to finance the loans.

BCA will also be sharing the risk of any loan default with the financial institutions.

BG(NS) Tan said the scheme is to help some owners who may be reluctant to retrofit their buildings because of cost.

He said: “We are probably one of the first few countries in the world which mandates minimum energy efficiency standards for existing buildings. The building owners may ask how will this mandatory requirement affect us?

“While the upfront retrofitting cost to meet the minimum standards may be higher, the energy savings after the retrofit will eventually pay for this retrofitting cost.

“Buildings owners can reduce their energy bills and do their part for the environment at the same time. BCA will consult the industry and stakeholders on the proposed amendments to the Building Control Act in the coming months.”

To complement the financing scheme, the Ministry of National Development will amend the Building Control Act to mandate minimum Green Mark standards for existing buildings.

This will be similar to the current requirement for new buildings.

BCA will also be consulting the industry and stakeholders on the proposed amendments to the Building Control Act in the coming months.

 

The Straits Times: Green Mark certification expanded to include eateries

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has just launched a a Green Mark certification to include restaurants.

The Straits Times story below.

Green Mark certification expanded to include eateries

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has unveiled its latest initiative in the drive to make Singapore’s physical landscape greener.

Its chief executive John Keung on Monday launched a Green Mark certification for restaurants to recognise eateries here that comply to high environmental standards.

Four McDonalds restaurants and American diner Brewerkz were the pioneer batch that have been awarded this certification.

Dr Keung announced this on the opening day of the Singapore Green Building Week, which kicked off on Monday.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Maliki bin Osman, senior parliamentary secretary for the Ministry of National Development, noted that greening Singapore would take a ‘collective effort’ and there are several barriers, such as high upfront costs and a lack of environmental awareness.

But notwithstanding these challenges, Singapore is committed to its target of greening 80 per cent of all buildings here by 2030, and this will need about 18,000 to 20,000 green building professionals, he said. Currently, 12 per cent of the country’s buildings have been certified.

BCA also announced a collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, which will see Singapore become a centre for sharing knowledge and best policies in sustainable development in Asia.