New Sustainable Lighting Initiative to Halve Singapore’s Lighting Energy Use, and New Green Building Schemes Launched

The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) is firing up the country’s drive towards more sustainable buildings with a trio of partnerships and two new green certification schemes. These were announced by Singapore’s Minister for the Environment & Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan at the Council’s 4th anniversary dinner on Thursday (12 Sept 2013).

 Chief among the new initiatives is an MOU (memorandum-of-understanding) signing between the SGBC, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), and the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at the University of California, Davis in the US, aimed at developing sustainable lighting solutions and establishing a Lighting Technology Centre in Singapore over a two year period.

With the first and second Green Building Master Plans focused on energy efficient space cooling (e.g. chiller systems), which takes up about 60 percent of a building’s energy consumption, sustainable lighting is the next big step in propelling Singapore’s building industry towards greater environmental sustainability.

Lighting accounts for about 15 to 20 percent of a building’s energy use, but this can be cut in half with sustainable lighting solutions.

SGBC will also be signing an MOU with KNX South East Asia as well as an agreement with TÜV SÜD PSB to help more companies in the building and construction industry get their products and services green certified. These agreements will help building owners make more sustainable choices by increasing the range of available green building products and services.

The council is also launching two new green services certification schemes, one for the energy performance contracting industry and another for quantity surveying consultants, to complement the SGBC’s green building product development and to support the BCA’s drive towards a more sustainable built environment.

Said SGBC President, Mr Ng Eng Kiong, of the slew of new initiatives, “The partnerships that we have sealed tonight and the newly launched certification schemes will benefit the industry and our membership community. From the founding of SGBC in 2009 where we started off with 129 members, our membership has now grown to over 400 companies from all segments of the building and construction industry. We have also certified 415 green products since we started SGBC four years ago. The green building movement in Singapore is growing from strength to strength, and the challenge now is to ensure the industry remains engaged in the green building agenda so that we remain focused on delivering a truly green product at the end of the day, where building users will benefit from the better use of resources, improved efficiencies and a healthier environment.”

About Singapore Green Building Council

Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) is a non-profit organisation set up in 2009 and an established member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) since 2010. SGBC’s mission is to propel Singapore’s building and construction industry towards environmental sustainability. SGBC certifies products and services through the Singapore Green Building Products & Services Certification Scheme, where the scheme complements the Building and Construction Authority (BCA)’s efforts in driving environmental sustainability towards the Singapore 2030 Sustainable Blueprint.

SGBC has 400 corporate members and has certified 415 green products since 2009.

For more information, visit www.sgbc.sg

For more information or to arrange for interviews with SGBC or any of our partners, please contact:

Tham Kai Wai

Manager (Marketing & Administration)

Email: kaiwai_tham@sgbc.sg

Mobile: +65 9844 1792

Yvonne Soh

General Manager

Email: Yvonne_soh@sgbc.sg

Mobile: +65 9115 7876

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