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The first certifications for smart restroom products under the Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) certification scheme were presented to three SGBC Member organisations at the 14th LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Awards on 18 Nov. 2022.

A joint certification pathway co-managed by the RAS and the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), products with Detect, Feedback, Eliminate & Clean (DFEC) smart features are rated against established criteria and complement the RAS’ Happy Toilet Programme. Guest-of- Honour Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and the Environment, presented the certificates to Convergent Smart Technologies Pte Ltd (Sensor System), Dyson Singapore Pte Ltd (Smart Hand Dryer) and Infinergy Systems Solutions Pte Ltd (Interactive Feedback System).

The LOO Awards is one of a series of satellite events supporting Clean and Green Singapore this year. Mr. Baey also launched the 5th edition of the Guide to Better Public Toilet Design and Maintenance together with Mr Ho Chee Kit, Honorary President of the Restroom Association (Singapore) or RAS.

Mr. Ho Chee Kit, President of the RAS, said, “With the prevalence of COVID-19 and emphasis on safer public restrooms, this latest edition includes products which are effective against viruses such as 3 in 1 compatible products that can perform multiple functions of cleaning, disinfecting and deodorising in one step, antimicrobial coatings, paints and lighting technology. This edition also includes NEA’s revised Code of Practice on Environmental Health on public toilet requirements which took effect in March this year. I hope this latest Guide will benefit owners, operators and cleaning service providers to enable them to better create a clean and safe restroom environment for everyone.”

Mr. Allen Ang, SGBC Board Technical Lead, said, “As Singapore moves towards its Singapore Green Plan targets, there is a confluence of green and smart technology that can move the needle on sustainability. We are happy to leverage our expertise in certifying green building products to help assess the efficiency of smart restroom products, which will definitely go towards the raising of cleanliness standards for our public toilets.”

59 award recipients were recognised at the LOO Awards, which is also one of the satellite events of Clean & Green Singapore this year. A new community-sector organisation category was introduced this year with Yuhua Eco Sustainability Group clinching the award. Apart from presenting the awards to the recipients, Mr Baey also delivered his speech. The LOO Awards is organised every year to commemorate World Toilet Day.