BEX Asia 2012: Building Sustainable Communities for a Greener Future
BEX Asia 2012 to be held 10-12 October 2012, Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore
September 28, 2012 08:49 KST
SINGAPORE--(Korea Newswire) September 28, 2012 -- Care for the environment starts with the individual, but impact is greatest when such efforts are collective and consolidated. Singapore gets this, and has been actively supporting a greener built environment encouraging eco-friendly designs and practices in the construction of sustainable, energy efficient buildings and infrastructure.
In the past five years, the island has seen more and more green developments, from commercial buildings such as the Marina Bay Financial Centre and Hyflux Innovation Centre to residential and recreation sites like The Seafront on Meyer, Sky Habitat and Singapore Sports Hub.
Such green efforts did not go unnoticed. Last year, Singapore was one of six cities to win the inaugural World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Leadership Award for excellence in city policy for green building. Other winners include San Francisco, Mexico City, Birmingham, New York City and Tokyo. But with the increasing number of people moving to urban areas, there is an urgency to create liveable, sustainable cities in Southeast Asia that are climate positive, said Mr Mann Young, Head of Sustainability, Asia, Lend Lease.
Mr Young, who also serves as the WorldGBC's Asia Pacific Regional Network Manager, added, “Sustainability and the issue of resource conservation are quickly becoming high priority subjects across governments and businesses around the world. As the demand for green buildings in the region continue to increase, collaboration is vital to support green building efforts.” Mr Young will be speaking at the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2012, organised by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and held in conjunction with Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia 2012.
Against this backdrop of increasing demand, BEX Asia 2012 offers a timely, conducive platform for industry leaders and market players to network, exchange ideas, discover the latest innovations and boost business prospects.
Held from 10-12 October 2012, BEX Asia is the region‘s leading event for the green building and construction industry. In addition to cutting-edge concepts and products that offer sustainable solutions for the industry, this year’s event is introducing three new segments - Green Interiors, Skyrise Landscaping and Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) - pertinent to the rapid growth of urban environments in Southeast Asia.
Ms Louise Chua, Project Director of Reed Exhibitions, organiser of BEX Asia, said, “The strong international presence this year, including Australia, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Portugal, indicate the increasing global momentum towards building sustainable communities in a landscape of growing urbanisation.”
This year's BEX Asia features FOCUS@BEX, a dedicated platform for technical presentations, new products and their latest green technologies. One exhibitor, Eco Green, will introduce a new LVD induction lamp technology that can reduce energy consumption by up to 50% as compared to conventional LED lamps. Asahi Glass Co., another exhibitor, will showcase ultra-durable architectural protective coatings that eliminate the environmental impact of repeated repainting and recoating, while reducing building heat-gain and saving energy.
Singapore-based company Protech Glass System (a subsidiary of Marko Tack group of companies), which provides energy efficient solutions for glass systems in buildings, will launch a thermal performance simulation programme that can provide quantitative assessment of potential energy reduction in existing buildings via glass windows or glass facade upgrades. “In Singapore and around the region, there are specific regulations encouraging buildings to utilize smart glass or to upgrade their glazing to enhance the growth of the green building sector. In this aspect, energy efficiency modelling that provides quantitative estimates of energy savings is highly attractive and indispensable to building owners,” said General Manager Mr Dennis Lim.
Green building industry leaders to speak at FOCUS@BEX
FOCUS@BEX also includes a guest-speaker programme, where industry experts share their expertise. Speakers lined up this year include Ms Caroline Burns, Regional Leader, Asia for Geyer, a world-leading strategic design practice specialising in the development and implementation of pioneering interior solutions; and Professor Jason Pomeroy, Principal, Pomeroy Studio, award winning designers and thought leaders in the field of sustainable built environments.
With the growing attention on green interior spaces, Ms Burns' topic of designing sustainable workplaces is a timely one. Recognised as significant contributors to energy consumption, environmentally friendly office environments have become priorities for governments and business alike in the region.
Looking at sustainability on a macro level, Professor Pomeroy will speak on ‘Distilling, designing and disseminating towards a sustainable future’. An award winning architect, master planner and academic at the forefront of the sustainable built environment agenda, he will draw on his expertise and research in the field of green design, from building vertical green cities to constructing zero energy houses, citing his award-winning projects such as the Idea House, the first carbon zero prototype house in Southeast Asia and Trump Tower Manila, the tallest residential tower in the Philippines, as case studies.
BEX Asia 2012 will be held from 10-12 October 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, and is supported by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Building & Construction Authority (BCA).
Media registration is now open. Please visit http://www.bex-asia.com.
About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading events organiser, with 500 events in 39 countries. In 2011 Reed brought together six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 33 fully staffed offices.
Reed organises a wide range of events, including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its portfolio of 500 events serves 44 industry sectors, including: Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.
Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.
Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a publisher and information provider. In 2010, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of GBP1,279 million on turnover of GBP6,055 million.
About BEX Asia
BEX Asia is Southeast Asia's premier business platform for the green building and construction industry. It is a one-stop sourcing destination for cutting-edge products, innovative technologies and sustainable designs in building materials, energy efficiency systems, fittings and fixtures, and much more. It is an event that enhances your competitive edge in the world of Build Green. BEX Asia brings together skilled professionals, key industry practitioners, major specifiers and buyers from the region to build networks and create business opportunities, in support of the global trend to build greener communities for a greener future. Please visit www.bex-asia.com.