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AkzoNobel unveils lucky fengshui colours to usher in the Lunar New Year

SINGAPORE - Denim Drift, AkzoNobel’s ColourFuturesTM 2017 colour of the year, can be used to bring about a harmonious balance of energies within a home during the Year of the Fire Rooster.

Winners Announced for Design Capital 21 Competition

GLOBAL - On 22 June 2016, winners of the Design Capital 21 competition were announced at a press conference held at the office of Capital City Property Sdn Bhd, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Appointment to the WorldGBC Board

GLOBAL - ONG&ONG announced the appointment of Tai Lee Siang, Group Managing Director, as Chair of the Board for the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

World Environment Day 2016

GLOBAL - Observed annually on 5 June to raise global awareness on environmental protection, World Environment Day (WED) was held this year with the theme zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife.

More key speakers added to Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 roster

ASIA-PACIFIC - The list of industry speakers at this year’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition, for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology, has more than 50 speakers confirmed.

Benoy Chairman Joins British Prime Minister on Delegation to Southeast Asia

ASIA-PACIFIC - Benoy, the world-renowned firm of architects, masterplanners, interior and graphic designers, announced on 28 July that its chairman, Graham Cartledge CBE DL, is currently accompanying the British Prime Minister, the Right Honourable David Cameron MP, as part of the high profile trade mission to Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The world’s greatest architecture festival returns as entries for the awards opens

SG - The annual World Architecture Festival Awards was launched formally in London this week. The awards will be celebrated at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore this November, following three days of intensive live presentations and judging.

Cityscape Malaysia 2015 to host Malaysia Real Estate Summit and Islamic Property Finance Forum

MY - Informa Exhibitions has announced that the latest edition of the world’s largest portfolio of real estate investment and development events will be held in Malaysia. The inaugural launch of Cityscape Malaysia 2015 is slated on 4 to 6 February 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Finalists announced for WorldGBC’s Green Building Leadership Awards

ASIA-PACIFIC - WorldGBC has revealed the finalists for the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building. The biennial awards honours outstanding organisations for their commitment to sustainability, and celebrates innovative Green building projects.

Singapore’s Vertical Garden Enters the Guinness World Records as the Largest

SG - A vertical Green wall built on the façade of the Tree House Condominium in Singapore was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest vertical garden.

Update from Thai Green Building Institute

TH - The Thai Green Building Institute (TGBI) has announced that it is preparing the TREES (Thai’s Rating of Energy and Environmental Sustainability) standard for core and shell, and existing buildings. This new Green building rating system is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Richard Rogers to chair the World Architecture Festival 2014 super-jury

GLOBAL - The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has unveiled this year’s ‘super jury’ comprising of a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers, led by renowned British architect Richard Rogers. He will be joined on the super-jury by Rocco Yim, Julie Eizenberg, Enric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.

Shigeru Ban Wins 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

GLOBAL - This year’s Pritzker Prize goes to Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year-old architect with offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York. He is the seventh architect from Japan to receive the honour, which will be officially awarded on 13 June 2014, at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan Joins with AECOM to Advance Sustainable Development in Malaysia
MSIA - Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territory Foundation), a foundation body under Malaysia’s Ministry of Federal Territories, and AECOM signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a center of excellence in Greater Kuala Lumpur Klang Valley (Greater KL/KV) to advance sustainable urban development in Malaysia. 

Danfoss Turbocor and Haier Build Highly Efficient Air Conditioning Systems for Kai Fu Jian Guo Hotel
CHINA - As for energy consumption in hotel operations, air-conditioning systems take a large proportion due to long operation times, i.e. running around the clock. Statistics show it accounts for 30-50 percent of the energy consumption of the hotel.
World Architecture Festival Award Entries Now Open
GLOBAL - The World Architecture Festival (WAF)—the largest, live architectural awards programme—has opened the entries for WAF 2014. The awards set the benchmark for architectural excellence, where talented architects from all over the world gather to showcase their building designs to more than 2,500 architects, clients and journalists from over 65 countries. 
Philips Creates Interactive Lighting Experiences at i Light Marina Bay 2014
SGP - Philips has provided LED technology to two installations at i Light Marina Bay, a sustainable light art installation festival which runs from 7 to 30 March 2014 at Marina Bay Waterfront, Singapore. The two installations are “BEAT” by design and engineer firm Arup, and “iSWARM” by the Singapore University of Design and Technology (SUTD). Philips is also the festival’s Sustainability Workshop Partner.
Awards to Spotlight on Green Building Leadership in Asia Pacific
ASIA PACIFIC - The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building. The biennial awards programme will honour outstanding organisations for their commitment to sustainability, and will celebrate innovative Green building projects that are reducing carbon emissions and other environmental impacts, cutting costs and driving higher levels of health and productivity for building occupants.

FuturArc's editor-in-chief talks about the difference between Green and sustainable in Australia
AU - Holcim Australia is holding a series of keynote lecture and panel discussion, Between Green and Sustainable Emerging Ideas for Asia and Australia in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth from 24 to 28 February 2014. The talks are presented by FuturArc editor-in-chief Dr Nirmal Kishnani, who is also the assistant dean and programme director at the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore.

Dr Kishnani is keynote speaker at Green Talk
AU - Holcim Australia along with the University of Melbourne will host internationally known advocate for sustainable architecture, Dr Nirmal Kishnani, for a keynote presentation at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne on 24th February 2014 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm EDST.
Green Cities 2014 will be held in March at Melbourne, Australia this yearAU - Entering its eighth year, Green Cities 2014 will be held in Melbourne on the 18–20 March 2014. This year’s theme will centre on Beyond the Baseline—focusing on discussions, demonstrations, and debates on how to go ‘beyond’
Designing Resilient Schools in Typhoon-hit PhilippinesPH - In an effort to help rebuild the infrastructure of typhoon-hit areas, Prof Ivan Shumkov and Illac Angelo Diaz have set up a free online course aimed at designing resilient architecture that could serve as community centres and shelters for Typhoon Haiyan victims and other natural disasters.
Green CREP: 2nd Annual Commercial Building Architecture-Designing-Performance SummitCHINA - The 2nd Annual Commercial Building Architecture-Designing-Performance Summit, organised by Linver Insights and supported by Econet China, 21 Club and «Architecture Technique», concluded with great success. Held in Shanghai Marriott Hotel Luwan, China on 13-14 November 2013, the summit gathered more than 260 delegates.
'Wormhole' Bamboo Structures on Display at the National Museum of SingaporeSGP - Indonesian architect Eko Prawoto’s ‘wormhole’ punctuates Singapore’s cityscape by pitching three conical bamboo structures in front of the National Museum of Singapore. The installation resembles a range of mountains—natural forms familiar in Indonesia, but wholly alien to Singapore.
CPG Corp Celebrates 180th AnniversarySGP - CPG Corporation (CPG Corp), the corporatised entity of the former Public Works Department (PWD) of Singapore, is celebrating 180 years of success this year.
Building and Construction Authority Wins I-STAR AwardSGP - The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore has received the International Star (I-Star) for Energy Efficiency award for its commitment to achieve a national target of greening at least 80 percent of all buildings in Singapore by 2030 and for its achievements thus far. BCA is the first government agency outside of America and Europe to be honoured with this prestigious award, given out by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), a non-profit US-based energy efficiency coalition that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy.
International Green Building Conference 2013 and Build Eco Xpo Asia kick off this week in Singapore
SGP -Two world-class Green building events, the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2013 and Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia 2013, kicked off in Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore yesterday, drawing more than 10,000 participants from over 35 countries. Organised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore in partnership with Reed Exhibitions and the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), these three-day anchor events have come together to provide a one-stop, international platform for global Green building experts and industry players to meet and collaborate on future Green building solutions.
The BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings collaborates with UNEP to contribute to climate mitigation in Asia
SGP - This is the first time BCA CSB, an official centre collaborating with UNEP, will be working with UNEP as an implementing partner to develop policies and actions for the building sector in Asia. This new partnership project aims to provide countries in Asia with support to develop national plans and frameworks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their building sectors.
MSIA - MDIS to launch new “MDIS Malaysia Achievers” Scholarship Fund totalling RM1.2 million for up to 150 Malaysian students. MDIS Malaysia’s integrated green campus will have state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate 2,000 students when phase 1 of construction is completed in 2015. The 30-acre freehold site in EduCity@Iskandar, Malaysia will be MDIS’ second overseas campus – its first at Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan in Central Asia, built in 2008 at the cost of US$20 million.
SGP - Keppel Land, Institute of Technical Education, HDB and KUB-Berjaya Enviro among the winners of the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards 2013
SGP - The winner for Singapore is Grace Chua from The Straits Times. Her commentary, “Towards a robust clean air strategy” was an informative discourse on the evolving clear air strategy in Singapore. Chua won a cash prize, a trip to London for the award ceremony, and to participate in the C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards & Conference. She and the other six country winners will be considered for the regional round of the competition, the winner of which will be announced at the award ceremony in London on 4 September.
GLOBAL - The World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards, into its sixth year, has announced its shortlist of entries for this year. 
The 302 projects shortlisted from nearly 50 countries will compete across 29 individual award categories, spanning the range from community, culture, health and education, to hotels, villas and leisure, to infrastructure, masterplanning and landscape projects. Works by global architects such as Tadao Ando and Robert A.M. Stern feature alongside smaller, more intimate projects by local practices.
PHIL - “Green” appears to be the order of the day in this era of Eco-friendly living, especially for companies in search of office space in key Philippine cities. Companies are now neck-and-neck in trying to get their hands on the country's budding “green” buildings development, said Julius Guevara, associate director for Advisory and Research for real estate services firm Colliers Philippines. 
MSIA - The Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda) youth wing deputy chairman C.S. Tan urged developers to undertake green initiatives to reduce carbon emissions globally. He called on developers nationwide to increase their knowledge on green initiatives to create sustainable development as the industry contributes about 40% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, which is among the largest greenhouse emitter.
MSIA - Selangor is leading in terms of having the largest number of registered green building index (GBI) projects, totalling 166, with Kuala Lumpur following closely behind (117). The rest of the states or territories pale in comparison, with Penang having 31 registered GBI projects, Putrajaya (21), Johor (16), Malacca (10), Pahang and Negeri Sembilan (six each), Sabah and Sarawak (five each), Perak (four) while Kelantan and Kedah have one each.
INDIA - Fifty of the most influential women in business, media and civil society came together today to increase the participation and leadership of women in India and key countries of South Asia in the design and implementation of the “post-carbon” economy.
INDO - In Indonesia, to show their support for Earth Day 2013, environmentally-friendly locals are encouraging the use of reusable tumblers instead of disposable plastic bottles.
INDO - The Indonesian government has been urged to pay serious attention to the use of renewable energy, especially in rural villages, as it can help drive the economy by creating job opportunities and generating income that, in turn, can reduce poverty, a scholar has said. Speaking in Yogyakarta on Tuesday, Jakarta-based Darma Persada University’s (UNSADA) graduate school/renewable energy director, Kamaruddin Abdullah, said the government already possessed several regulations to push the use of renewable energy.
SGP - Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and City Developments Limited (CDL) set bold targets for 2013, expansion plans underway to include retailers and manufacturers under SEC’s family of eco-labels. All offices under SingPost will soon be certified by the SEC as being Eco Post-Offices, if they pass the audits conducted by independent auditors. In line with this, SingPost is targeting to reduce its paper and electricity usage by 10 per cent within the next two years, as announced during the Project: Eco-Office presentation ceremony held at the MND Auditorium, officiated by Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister of Manpower and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development.

Earth Hour on 23 March 2013
GLOBAL - In Earth Hour 2012, more than 7,001 cities and towns in 151 countries around the world switched off their lights to send a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour, as they commit to lasting action for the planet. This year, Earth Hour From Sydney to Brasilia, San Francisco to Kuala Lumpur, Brussels to Boston, mayors and governors are showing political leadership and making sweeping changes to encourage citizens to address the critical environmental issues facing the planet.

Business Sector Proposes Measures for Government’s Policy Consideration
HKG - Business Environment Council (BEC), an independent, membership-based non-profit organisation, proposes measures to green Hong Kong’s economy for Government’s consideration in the 2013 Policy Address. The submission, serving as an addendum to BEC’s paper submitted in June 2012 to the then incoming Chief Executive, expresses the concerns and suggestions of BEC’s members on key environmental and sustainability issues, in particular air quality, waste management and energy.
Revised Guidelines for Private Enclosed Spaces (PES) and Private Roof Terraces (RT) 
SGP - As key features of tropical architecture, PES and private RTs serve a similar function as balconies. They allow for natural ventilation and lighting into the units, promote healthier living, and provide relief from the urban environment from the comfort of the home. Hence, to align the treatment of all such semi-outdoor spaces, the GFA treatment for balconies will be extended to PES and private RTs. All PES and private RTs in non-landed residential developments, including executive condominiums, will now be counted as GFA but under the 10% maximum bonus GFA allowed beyond the Master Plan (MP) stipulated GPR, subject to the payment of development charge / differential premium.
HKG - Buildings in Hong Kong currently consume over 90% of its electricity, and this accounts for over 60% of green house gases emitted citywide. To help reduce this electricity use, the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC)  launched their HK3030 Campaign on 10 December. This campaign is one of HKGBC’s major advocacy initiatives with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s Government, and is a proposal to enable Hong Kong to reduce its electricity consumption by 2030 to a level 30% less than the total electricity consumed by Hong Kong in 2005.
HKG - 30 percent absolute electricity reduction by 2030 well within grasp.
Hong Kong, 10 December 2012 – The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) today launched the HK3030 Campaign, a vision for a low carbon, sustainable built environment in Hong Kong by 2030.  The HK3030 Campaign puts forth a roadmap to reduce the absolute electricity consumption of buildings in Hong Kong by 30 percent of the 2005 level by the year 2030.
PHIL - The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) invite project developers to register and undergo the BERDE Assessment and Certification and be publicly recognized under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project: Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP-EBI).  
Philips announces winning idea in The ‘+’ Project after online and public engagements; finds 78% of Singaporeans are satisfied with their overall health and well-being
SGP - More than 6,800 votes received, with 45% voting for idea to make school environment healthier for children
- The „+? Project online survey revealed 78% of the 6,833 respondents are satisfied with their overall health and well-being
- Online survey results provide a detailed picture of the state of health and well-being of Singaporeans that bears relevance to Singapore?s National Conversation
CHINA - Organized by The China Green Building (Hong Kong) Council and LWK & Partners (Hong Kong) Limited, the “Green Building Label, LEED, and New Trend of Sustainable Building Forum” closed at the Hua Club of Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen on the 30th of Nov, 2012. 

Green Building 2012 in Thailand
THAI - Green Building Industry in Thailand has progressed impressively for the past year. In the international arena, Thailand accumulates more than 40 LEED registered projects and 13 LEED certified projects.

AUST - Increasing the uptake of walking, riding and use of public transport requires a strategic, holistic approach, says the nation’s green building organisation. “The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) commends the Australian Government for releasing its draft report, Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport, which acknowledges that a nationally-agreed strategy is required to increase participation rates in walking, riding and public transport use,” says the GBCA’s Executive Director of Advocacy, Robin Mellon.


‘Australia in The Asian Century’: Opportunities for Green Buildings and Sustainable Communities

AUST - The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) welcomes the release of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ white paper, and looks forward to working with the Australian Government to capitalise on opportunities for Australia’s built environment.

"BEC Low-carbon School 2012-2013” Programme
HK - About 400 secondary school students inspired in “Dialogue with the Secretary for the Environment” 
 
Moving Construction Sector towards Sustainable Devopment
HK - Moving Construction Sector towards Sustainable Development through Business and Government Collaboration 
HK - AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards was presented at an Awards Reception and Exhibition at The Rotunda in Exchange Square, Hong Kong, on Friday, 2 November 2012. Each year, AIA Hong Kong recognises design excellence in architecture, interior design, urban design and sustainable design for works completed by AIA member architects in Hong Kong, China and the Asia Pacific Region.
 
HA NOI (VNS)— Environmental experts have called on Viet Nam to make further efforts in providing economic incentives and better policies to promote "greener" buildings in the face of resource depletion and rapid urbanisation.

 

Events 

Headlines Country Date

 

World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017

Hong Kong

 

05/06/2017

 

 

GreenUrbanScape Asia 2017

Singapore

 

09/11/2017 - 11/11/2017

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Happenings (published in FuturArc)

   

Nov-Dec 2016

FuturArc is one of the best in Singapore’s publishing industry

The Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS) Awards 2016—Singapore’s only independent media award that gives recognition to the publishing industry—was held at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. FuturArc is happy and honoured to win in two categories: Trade Media of the Year and Front Cover of the Year (Trade).

Nov-Dec 2016

Future-proofing the built environment

Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia and International Green Building Conference (IGBC) (see Special Focus report) were the anchor events of the Singapore Green Building Week (SGBW) organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA). 

Nov-Dec 2016

A Green lifestyle

As part of the Singapore Green Building Week, Green Living 2016 is an eco-friendly lifestyle event that aimed to educate and encourage consumers to embrace a Green lifestyle.

Nov-Dec 2016

A new creative space

Opened in June 2016, the Jarken Group designed FunBox to be a vibrant retail and edutainment space. It offers designers, artists and retailers a new modern environment that fosters imagination and innovation.

Nov-Dec 2016

Integrated Design Application in Green Building Conference

To welcome the World Green Building Week, the Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC) has successfully held the Integrated Design Application in Green Building conference on 20 September 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event attracted more than 160 participants, including architects, engineers, developers and building practitioners from leading companies in the local construction industry.

Sep-Oct 2016

10th Green Architecture Seminar

The 10th Green Architecture Seminar was held on 2 July 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City.
One of the highlights was the book launch and signing of the Vietnamese edition of Greening Asia by Dr Nirmal Kishnani. Moreover, there was also an overview of the Green trend development in the country and with the outlook extending to Asia.

Sep-Oct 2016

WCS, SIWW and CESS integrate dialogues, innovations and talent

Held from 10 to 14 July, the fifth edition of the World Cities Summit (WCS), together with Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit
Singapore (CESS), was attended by more than 21,000 visitors and participants including ministers, mayors, government officials, industry leaders and experts, academics, as well as representatives from international organisations.

Sep-Oct 2016

Winners Announced for Design Capital 21 Competition

On 22 June 2016, winners of the Design Capital 21 competition were announced at a press conference held at the office of Capital City Property Sdn Bhd, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Sep-Oct 2016

FairBuilding Network: Overcoming Poverty One Project at a Time

Two years ago, Dr Matthias Krups, CEO and founder of BCI Media Group, established the FairBuilding Network in the Philippines. After a couple of years, the contributions of the FairBuilding Network are now evident in the society.

Sep-Oct 2016

Best building projects recognised at Quality Building Award 2016

After 18 months of planning, assessing and judging, the Quality Building Award (QBA) grand award winners, merit winners and finalists, as well as the winner of the Quality Excellence Award were revealed at a ceremony on 24 June 2016 at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong.

Sep-Oct 2016

7th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) launched a new groundbreaking project on 28 June 2016, which aims to ensure that all buildings are net zero by 2050, to help deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement and to tackle climate change.
 

 

Jul-Aug 2016

7th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference

The seventh edition of the Victorian Major Projects Conference was held from 19 to 20 April 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with an attendance of more than 250 delegates. The conference presented an opportunity for government and construction industry members to review and discuss the different infrastructure developments taking place across the state.

Jul-Aug 2016

2016 Macao International Environmental Cooperation Forum and Exhibition

Under the theme Green Economy – Opportunities for Waste Management, the 2016 Macao International Environmental Cooperation Forum and Exhibition (2016MIECF) was held from 31 March to 2 April 2016.

Jul-Aug 2016

BuildTech Yangon 2016

BuildTech Yangon 2016 wrapped up this year with an expanded focus, showcasing some 120 exhibiting companies that displayed equipment, machinery and solutions on facilities management, interior finishing and architectural solutions. This was in addition to its range of main exhibits from the construction machinery building materials and mechanical engineering segments.

Jul-Aug 2016

AkzoNobel invests €347 million in its top brands

AkzoNobel, a global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, continues to invest in delivering advanced solutions to cope with global issues such as population growth, urbanisation, climate change and natural resource constraints.

 

May-Jun 2016

BCI Asia Top Ten 2016

Held in seven different Asian territories; Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the BCI Asia Top 10 Awards recognises developer and architecture firms with the highest value portfolios of projects during the last full calendar years.

 

May-Jun 2016

Green Building Index Sustainability hits milestone

Malaysia’s Green Building Index (GBI) has hit the 150-million-square-foot mark of gross floor area in GBI-certified buildings. This is a 50-percent leap from its 100-million-square-foot milestone achieved two years ago, making it the first and largest gross floor area certified by a single Green certification organisation in Malaysia.

May-Jun 2016

Häfele opens design centre in Kuala Lumpur

Established in Malaysia since 1993, Häfele has opened its first design centre in Kuala Lumpur on 10 March 2016. Built within a two-storey, semi-detached building, the 7,200-square-foot design centre showcases model kitchens and wardrobes that the company offers.

May-Jun 2016

Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016

The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), a biennial event that gathers leaders and innovators from the global water industry on a single platform, awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 to world-renowned hydrogeologist, Professor John Anthony Cherry on 21 March 2016.

May-Jun 2016

NUS and CDL partner to develop Green living technologies

On 22 March 2016, the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment and City Developments Limited (CDL) announced their partnership in promoting innovations in smart, Green building technologies.

Mar-Apr 2016

Cities for Tomorrow

Titled “How do we turn cities of today into cities for tomorrow?”, the final Arup forum of the Green Initiatives series Building for Tomorrow compared two complementary views—one from science and the other influenced by anthropology, to educate the audience on how one may begin to manage an entire planet’s worth of waste.

Mar-Apr 2016

Urbanisation and sustainability—how to bring them together

On 21 January 2016, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce brought together three perspectives on sustainable buildings, including from an architect, a developer and an end user, sharing the various stages of their life cycles and impact on the environment.

Mar-Apr 2016

Tackling climate change — smart grid, energy codes and biodiesel

Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) organised a seminar on 23 January 2016 to gather speakers from diverse backgrounds to share their work on tackling climate change. The half-day seminar covered topics such as smart grid, biodiesel and the newly launched Building Energy Code 2015. About 100 practitioners attended the said event to keep abreast of Green building industry trends.

Mar-Apr 2016

Waste Management Asia 2016

With over 50 percent of the world’s population predicted to be living in the Asia-Pacific region by 2050, only about 10 percent of solid waste ends up in properly engineered and managed landfill sites. Moreover, most Asian towns and cities use open dumps. Such numbers hint at the inadequacy of existing waste management practices in many Asian countries.

Mar-Apr 2016

Ashui Awards 2015

The Ashui Awards ceremony for architects and buildings has been organised annually since 2012. This year, the awards had two new categories: the Contractor of the Year and the Developer of the Year. The council selected official nominees in a voting process, which was held from 10 to 31 December 2015.

Mar-Apr 2016

Nikken Sekkei announced as master planner for Singapore’s Rail Corridor

After shortlisting five design teams in an open first stage and following a rigorous evaluation process by the 12-member evaluation panel of experts led by Ng Lang, CEO of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Nikken Sekkei-led design team was announced as the master plan winner of the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal (RFP) for its second stage concept master plan proposal. 

 

Jan-Feb 2016

BEAM Society 5th Anniversary Conference

BEAM Society Limited (BSL) hosted its fifth anniversary conference at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 25 September with an aim to facilitate discussion on sustainable development of existing buildings in the city. Over 400 experts from the government, academia and environmental advocates from local and abroad joined the conference.

 

 


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