Representatives of the economies participating in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC) and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in Singapore earlier this month to discuss green building activities and opportunities to enhance trade within the region. The meeting served as the kick-off of Singapore Green Building Week and the International Green Building Conference and was hosted at the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy for the Built Environment.
Featured speakers at the APEC/ASEAN Workshop on Green Buildings and Green Growth: Approaches to Encouraging a Positive Green Building Climate included Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Singapore Ministries of National Development and Defense and Dr. Arab Hoballah, Chief of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch, United Nations Environment Program. Ryan Colker, the Institute’s Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor presented on "A Green Economy through Green Buildings: A Multi-Faceted Approach” and moderated a panel on "How Green Claims are Used.”
Participants of the workshop gathered to review the standards, codes, regulations and conformance practices in place and under development in the region, in order to enable a greater understanding of how these tools fit into the broader policy landscape of promoting sustainability and conservation in commercial buildings, enabling sustainable economic growth and facilitating trade and investment across the Asia-Pacific region. Results from the workshop will be delivered to relevant Ministers from the APEC and ASEAN economies for inclusion in a region-wide action plan to support transition towards low carbon economies.
In addition to the workshop itself, the Institute furthered relationships with the Singapore Building and Construction Authority primarily around building information modeling (BIM) and the ability to facilitate interoperability and the exchange of valuable model information.
BCA Academy is the education and research arm of BCA and provides training and research programs for the advancement of the building industry and the development of an excellent built environment. The Academy recently completed the first net-zero energy building on the island with the retrofit of an existing academic building.