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Text : Eunice Ng

Going green will remain another catch phrase if no efforts were put into action. Come Sept 13 to 16, the biennial International Green Building Conference in Singapore organized by the Building & Construction Authority, Singapore  sends a strong message in realizing the endeavor.

Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer the Building & Construction Authority, Singapore in between of and speaks what truly holds a success for the conference, or any other ‘green’conferences for that matter.

What is the theme of the conference?

Build Green. Act Now.

What is the goal of this conference?

There is a critical and urgent need to build green and retrofit existing buildings into more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly living spaces. The intention of organizing IGBC was to enable industry practitioners to take action, not just some time in the future, but now. 

The IGBC 2011 can be declared a success if every single participant takes one step, no matter how small, to invest in, design or retrofit a building using the green building solutions presented and discussed during the conference.

What are some of the highlights of the event?

The conference features three main plenary sessions and tracks, covering policy, industrial solutions and cutting edge technology.

Several experts in this field will address the challenges and explore solutions in green building development. Together they will share their thinking, approaches and tangible and proven innovative green building solutions including real-world examples in Singapore.

BCA has also gathered policy-makers and governmental decision-makers from key growth markets to facilitate near-future opportunities for the industry. Specially invited by BCA, they will give their unique public sector perspective on green building solutions, policies and plans.

Conference delegates will have the option to join the Green Mark eco-tours. These tours will showcase exemplary building projects in Singapore, which have been accorded the BCA Green Mark GoldPlus or Platinum Award for outstanding tropical green building design and solutions. The tours will run on Sept 13.

BCA’s exhibition partner, BEX Asia 2011, will showcase the latest technology and specific green building solutions available. The exhibition will also see the participation of building and research institutes, and green city pavilions from the Asia-Pacific region.

Apart from the conference proper, there will be a showcase of the Tropical Green Building Design Competition. Five finalists, comprising students from institutes of higher learning around the region, will have their design showcased.

In collaboration between BCA and other partners, the IGBC will host six symposiums for the first time alongside its conference.

Who are the speakers and what are the topics of their presentations?

Some of the prominent expert speakers at IGBC 2011 include Jane Henley, CEO of the World Green Building Council. Her topic is Gearing Up for the Energy Revolution – the natural successor to the Industrial Revolution and the Technological Revolution.

Dato’Dr Ken Yeang, Chairman of Llewelyn Davies Yeang will speak about Strategies for Green Design and Masterplanning.  He will reveal the five approaches for optimum green building and environment design and planning.

Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Control International will present his insights on Greening Existing Buildings. His presentation will include case studies of green existing building retrofits.

Donovan Soon, Senior Associate at WOHA Architects, will speak on The Design of Sustainability: The Tropical High-rise Tower. He will cover the importance of applying an integrated design approach for high-rise projects.

Rod Leaver, CEO Asia, Lend Lease, whose topic A Sustainable Built Environment: Every Action Adds Up – Act Now covers the challenges and opportunities in Asia and the company’s integrated approach to sustainable development.

Who are your target participants?

IGBC 2011 is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants – from real estate developers to urban planners, architects, engineers and other industry professionals.

International Green Building Conference 2011

When? Sept 13 to 16.

Where? Suntec City Convention Centre, Singapore.

Highlights

Green Mark eco-tours (Sept 13)
Tour comprises visits to commercial, residential, hospital, office and infrastructure projects.

Plenary sessions

licy track – panel discussion with policy-makers from the US, China, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Singapore on developing and implementing
national policies on energy, climate change and sustainability.

The industry solution track – discussion on green design methodologies and construction among industry professionals (architects, developers and city planners).

The cutting-edge technology track – examine how existing buildings can be retrofitted. 

6 symposiums

Tropical Sub-Tropical Green Building Councils Alliance Symposium, Eco-Cities Symposium, Green Buildings Symposium, Sustainable Infrastructure Symposium, Case Studies Symposium, Sustainable Construction Symposium.