Mar - Apr 2017
Solutions and strategies in increasing the adoption of Green infrastructure
With the support from CIDB Malaysia, the 3rd edition of Green Buildings & Parks World (GBPW) 2017 was hosted by Confexhub from 17 to 18 January 2017 at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar Hotel, Malaysia. The event was graced by Academician Tan Sri Dato’ Ir. (Dr) Hj. Ahmad Zaidee Laidin FASc, secretary general of Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
Themed Green Not Expensive – Expensive Not Green, this high-calibre conference provided a common platform for various international organisations and associations from the Green industry to discuss solutions and strategies to increase the adoption of Green infrastructure in the region. The conference gathered over 250 industry stakeholders from over 10 countries—developers; professionals; international Green building experts; policymakers; built environment practitioners; designers; tenants; end-users; and government bodies with Green initiatives—to share, learn and collaborate to improve the Green buildings and parks of their countries.
GBPW 2017 commenced with two plenary addresses on the first day. Tim Hill (Eco-Business) presented on The Benefits of Green Buildings on Health, Wellbeing and Productivity, and Gregers Reimann (IEN Consultants Sdn Bhd) presented a paper adapted from the theme of the conference. Session one was on Governance Instruments for Green Infrastructures and session two was about Green Infrastructure Applications and Recent Advances. The day concluded with a forum on Green Building Industry Catalysts, where panellists discussed Green building practices in the session Green Building Adoption: Mandatory or Voluntary.
Plenary address three was the most awaited session of day two of GBPW 2017, where Ravi Krishnaswamy (Frost & Sullivan) presented Transformational Trends in Smart Buildings. The conference then continued with four more sessions: Development of Integrated Green Township; Green Building Materials and Practices; Energy & Carbon Management for Green Building; and Green Space Planning: Problems with Standards and Best Practices.
GBPW 2017 gathered renowned international speakers, which included Henry Steed (ICN Design International Pte Ltd); Associate Prof Dr Jason Byrne (School of Environment, Griffith University); Dr Sasitharan Nagapan (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia); Vinod Kesava (Climate Resources Exchange International Pte Ltd); Ruben Langbroek (GRESB); Prof Dr Muhd Zaimi Abd. Majid (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia); and Dr Nguyen Thi Qui (Lean Station Pte Ltd, Singapore).