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Singapore to host Asia’s premier green building event

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( - Singapore Green Building Week will offer valuable lessons in green building technology to the industry in Vietnam

Singapore to host Asia’s premier green building event

HO CHI MINH CITY, 15 July 2015 – The Singapore Green Building Week (SGBW) 2015 returns this year to bring together more industry experts, businesses and government bodies to network and share ideas for a greener living environment. Guest-of-Honour, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative (Singapore) will officiate SGBW and deliver the opening address.

Over 30,000 participants from over 55 countries are expected at the seventh edition of the green building Week which will run from 31 August to 6 September 2015 in Singapore. This was announced at a press conference organized in Ho Chi Minh City today addressed by Ho-Chan Vun Ching, Principal Manager, Green Mark Development (New Development), Technology Development Group, Building and Construction Authority of Singapore; and Michelle Goh, Assistant Project Manager, BEX Asia and MCE Asia 2015.

International green building experts, policy-makers, academics, built environment practitioners, tenants and end-users, including members of the public and tertiary students are just some of the expected participants looking for collaborative initiatives and the exchange of ideas and learnings all to achieve the shared vision of a greener planet. SGBW 2015 will also offer valuable lessons in green building technology to the real estate and construction industry in Vietnam. This year’s SGBW will present a total of 24 co-located events. For example, the Pre-IGBC Technical Workshops and BCA Green Mark Office Pop-Up Store have been specially conceptualized to better engage stakeholders from the entire value chain including building users and students.

The Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) together with Reed Exhibitions will host SGBW 2015’s anchor event, the International Green Building Conference (IGBC). Alongside IGBC is Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia 2015, a networking and knowledge-sharing platform for the sustainable built environment in Asia and Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia 2015, the first dedicated trade exhibition for the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), Water, Renewable Energy and Heating Sectors of the green building community in Asia.

“Today, about 27% of Singapore's built area has met the BCA Green Mark standards, a leading green building rating tool for the tropics and sub-tropics, and this places Singapore as one of the foremost cities globally with a high percentage of green building stock. The seventh edition of the Singapore Green Building Week holds a special significance for the built environment sector as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BCA Green Mark scheme. SGBW 2015 will not only highlight Singapore’s position as a leader in green building and sustainability but also provide the catalyst for countries in the region to improve and further develop their green ideas and initiatives,” said Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA.

Singapore to host Asia’s premier green building event

Vietnam’s Green Growth

Vietnam has been harnessing its abundance of renewable energy sources by making significant strides in its commitment to develop green technology. In 2011, Vietnam committed to a partnership with Denmark, the world’s leading innovator in green technology, to jointly develop their knowledge and technology in the field of climate change, green growth and energy. This has even led to Danish companies sharing their expertise and technology in the energy sector with the Vietnam government and businesses.

As Vietnam moves towards a greener economy, it has also included incentives to encourage businesses to adopt and be involved in green technology research. Vietnam is currently committed to the “Low Carbon transition in Energy Efficiency sector in Vietnam” (LCEE) program, which provides financial support to Small, Medium Enterprises investing in green and energy saving technologies. 

“Looking back on 2014, we experienced the warmest year on record for the past 135 years globally,” said Michelle Goh, Assistant Project Manager of BEX Asia and MCE Asia 2015.“By bridging the BEX Asia and MCE Asia exhibitions, we are bringing together different ideas and offering the latest solutions in Green and Renewable energy technologies that we hope will be beneficial to our visitors and exhibitors from Vietnam. We hope that through this year’s enhanced exhibition offerings, we will be able to provide new and advanced green answers to the climate challenges that Vietnam and the region are facing.”

BEX Asia 2015 – Asia’s premier business platform for green building technology

With a strategic focus on energy efficiency, BEX Asia will return for its eighth edition and stands as the anchor trade platform for SGBW 2015. Asia's premier business platform for the green building and construction industry presents industry experts with a one-stop sourcing destination for cutting-edge products, innovative technologies and sustainable designs in building materials, energy efficiency systems, lighting, fittings and fixtures, and much more.

Exhibiting for the first time at BEX Asia is Jimmy Lea & Chartered Engineers. Says Dr. Jimmy Lea, CEO of Jimmy Lea & Chartered Engineers, “In the face of rapid development and urbanization, developing and developed countries alike run the risk of compromising safety and sustainability. Our technology enables a highly accurate prediction and discovery of any hidden flaw on the fundamental designs of a building, allows mitigation of risks, reduces cost and optimizes the use of resources.”

MCE Asia 2015 – Making a debut in Asia

For the first time ever, MCE Asia will be held outside of Italy, Milan. The Singapore edition of the exhibition will be centred on four main themes – Cooling, Water, Renewable Energy and the Heating Sector. With a growing demand for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in Asia, the focus of MCE Asia will complement BEX Asia’s strategic focus on energy efficiency. A Bloomberg New Energy Finance report predicts that by 2030, the APAC region will spend upwards of US$2.5 trillion on renewable technologies.

“In a time of extreme temperatures, there is strong demand for energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems,” said Sebastian Goh, General Manager of Belimo South East Asia. “Thanks to improving technology, our products provide data transparency so that users can better understand their energy consumption, which we are very excited to share about at MCE Asia. Since MCE Asia provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and insights, this will be an excellent opportunity for like-minded developers, corporations and consultants in the region to learn from one another.”

Enhanced Line-Up of Exhibitors

In line with Singapore’s vision to be a Smart Nation, BEX Asia 2015 will heavily feature exhibitors utilizing smart building technology. In an IDC study, smart building technology spending is forecasted to grow by a compound annual growth rate of 22.6% over the next 5 years. The APAC region is expected to lead this charge, followed by North America and Western Europe.

Visitors to this year’s BEX Asia and MCE Asia exhibitions can expect to be exposed to innovative companies like REC and Rubinetterie Bresciane.

“This is the first time since our inception in 1960 that the MCE exhibition will be showcased outside of Italy. We are very excited and honouredto be partnering with BEX Asia for this,” said Mr. Pierini Massimiliano, Business Unit Director, MCE Italy. “This co-venture provides us with a platform to offer our unique solutions to climate change. Together with BEX Asia, we are transforming the exhibition into the quintessential networking and knowledge-sharing platform of Southeast Asia.”

With global demand for energy sustainability set to rise by up to 37% by 2035, Singapore’s access to skilled international talent and expertise in electronics, precision engineering and chemicals, connectivity with the regional markets, and an extensive supplier base places it in an ideal situation to add value to regional and international clean energy companies.

More information about the Singapore Green Building Week, International Green Building Conference, BEX Asia and MCE Asia 2015 is available at, and


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