Green is in! Green architecture, that is.
Green building and sustainable architecture have been growing in demand in recent years, as more and more people are becoming aware of the environmental impact of their actions and surroundings. Green building refers to the application of processes that are environmentally responsible throughout the life cycle of a building — from the planning, designing, construction, maintenance, renovation and demolition. Meanwhile, sustainable architecture seeks to minimize the environmental impact of buildings by using materials that efficiently use and conserve energy.
Globally, buildings are responsible for a massive share of energy, water, electricity and materials consumption. They account for 18 percent of global emissions or the equivalent of 9 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually. In the Philippines alone, buildings account for 36 percent of national energy consumption. It is also important to note that the country is one of five countries facing the highest risks from climate change.
Neighboring countries like Singapore, are leading the way in the green building industry. In fact, out of the 4,457 high-rise and skyscraper buildings in the city-state, 2, 339 of them are green buildings. Additionally, Singapore has pledged to reduce its emission intensity by 36 percent by 2030. It is also one of only three cities in the world that were able to meet their green building targets — the other two are Beijing and Shanghai.
Following its success in green and sustainable architecture, Singapore annually holds conventions, seminars and exhibitions specifically, to bring together professionals and experts on the topic and showcase green building technologies and solutions. One such event is the Build Eco Xpo, which will be held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from September 5 to 7, as part of the Singapore Green Building Week.
The Build Eco Xpo Asia (BEX), Southeast Asia’s leading trade exhibition for the region’s green building market, returns for its 11th edition, together with Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia, a regional HVAC-R, water and energy exhibition. The event attracts hundreds of exhibiting companies and thousands of trade professionals from all over the world. It will also serve as a platform for business sourcing, networking and knowledge sharing for the regional community of architects, build owners, developers, contractors, consultants, facility managers and energy managers. Visitors can also look forward to exciting building innovations as the event showcases green building technologies and solutions from hundreds of exhibiting companies and thousands of trade professionals.
Smart technologies and seminars
With smart cities becoming a key trend in Southeast Asia, BEX and MCE Asia 2018 will also launch a new segment feature called Smart Buildings and Automation (SBA) featuring intelligent solutions and automated control devices to optimize building performance and energy saving. This aims to highlight how new technologies can shape the future of city-making and influence lifestyles to move people to an inclusive, low-carbon and environmentally resilient future.
Aside from the exhibition, seminars will be running concurrently with BEX Asia called the Green View seminar. The seminars will showcase the best practices, latest research and deep insights on sustainable building innovations. The seminars aim to help industry practitioners gain better understanding of topics such as architectural and façade solutions, smart building applications and systems, and green building design and innovative features.
For more information, visit www.bex-asia.com