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In the witness of Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development, SGBC cemented today a new partnership with Singapore Polytechnic, to enable the exchange of technical resources and expertise to efficiently and proactively promote green building products and practices to the industry.

 As a new collaboration in the new normal, this strategic alliance with one of Singapore's most established institutes of higher learning will chiefly promote the advancement of greener and more sustainable built environment materials and products. SGBC and SP will leverage the respective strengths of each organisation to help drive meaningful and impactful change for the built environment sector as well as help Singapore transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future.

Under the auspices of the MOU, both organisations will work together to enable exchange of technical resources and expertise to efficiently and proactively promote green products and practices to the industry and community through five (5) key initiatives:

  1. Advancement of Greener & More Sustainable Built Environment Materials
  2. Understanding the Embodied Carbon of Materials
  3. Co-organising of Green Building related Courses/ Seminars/ Conferences
  4. Outreach to Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs)
  5. Exploration of joint Research Opportunities in Green Technology

“As we strive to emerge stronger from COVID-19, a key priority will be our efforts to build a more resilient and sustainable built environment. It is heartening to see industry organisations taking the lead to manage sectoral challenges,” said Mr Desmond Lee, who is also Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration. “The expertise brought to the table by both organisations – the research & development know-how of SP together with the industry connections of SGBC – will create a powerful ecosystem to enable stronger efforts in promoting sustainable practices to the rest of the built environment.”

A key initiative of this collaboration is the advancement of greener and more sustainable built environment materials and products. SP’s expertise in the testing of built environment materials will help to enhance SGBC’s industry-recognised Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) certification scheme for green building products, which complements the national Green Mark certification scheme for green buildings. SGBC is also looking into expanding the coverage of its certification programme to address a wider range of construction materials and products in support of Singapore’s move towards zero waste. SGBC will work closely with SP to effectively and meaningfully determine the green quotient for such construction products through certification and testing. This will allow the industry greater access to a wider pool of green building materials certified for their environmental performance.

“The urgency to build a sustainable environment for future generations has become more significant and clearer in recent years as we see more enterprises and consumers adopt new business practices and consumption habits respectively in confronting the impact of climate change,” said Mr Soh Wai Wah, Principal & Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Polytechnic. “Our collaboration with the Singapore Green Building Council will enable the built environment sector to harness the polytechnic’s long-standing research and technological expertise in creating advanced materials as well as to co-develop practical sustainable solutions and products for consumers. This strategic partnership will bring Singapore Polytechnic and local enterprises closer together to support our national vision of creating a low-carbon, sustainable future Singapore.”

The second main objective of the MOU is to support the industry in seeking a better understanding of the embodied carbon of construction materials. The built environment is responsible for 40 percent of global carbon emissions, with embodied carbon emissions being especially critical. If embodied carbon emissions are not addressed before the building project moves past the design stage, there is no way for building owners to reclaim lost carbon savings once the building is constructed and subsequently used. Enhancing understanding of embodied carbon would allow both industry practitioners and end-users to make sense of a product’s carbon footprint and from there make more informed building material choices, especially when undergoing building and renovation projects.

“It is no exaggeration to say that the world has been turned upside down from wide-reaching developments on the global front. Our buildings and infrastructure assets play a very pivotal role in our sustainable development ambitions and climate aspirations as we move into a very different business-as-usual,” emphasised Dr. Ho Nyok Yong, President of the SGBC. “Greening the built environment must be one of our top priorities as we go forward, and I am confident that both SGBC and SP will leverage our respective strengths to make this partnership a success, working together to drive meaningful and impactful change for the built environment sector and help Singapore transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future.”

The other initiatives under the MOU revolve around outreach to the industry and students of Singapore’s institutes of higher learning, along with exploration of potential joint research projects in deep-expertise areas of green building such as renewable energy, tri-gen technology, urban regenerative technologies as well as low-carbon/ net zero carbon solutions.

Click on the following links to watch the speech recordings as well as highlights of the MOU signing: