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 SINGAPORE BUILDERS DIRECTORY 2020/2021
   three-stage roadmap and will provide them with a step-by-step guide on the solutions to adopt at each stage of their IDD journey. Under the Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG), S$19 million has been set aside until January 2023 to defray the costs for adoption of pre-approved digital solutions that improve productivity. SMEs can apply for this grant through the Business Grant Portal.
GREEN BUILDINGS
The commitment to making green buildings continues to be a priority for Singapore. As of December 2019, Singapore has greened more than 40 percent of its buildings, which is halfway toward the 2030 national target of 80 percent. To move to the next phase, BCA and the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) will co-create the next Singapore Green Building Masterplan (SGBMP 2020) with stakeholders from the public, private and people sectors, including Trade Associations and Chambers (TACs).
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
In the built environment sector, research and innovation has transformed. The Built Environment Accelerate to Market Programme (BEAMP) has opened up new opportunities for start-ups and innovators in the built environment sector. Since its launch, it has garnered interest from 53 innovators within the built environment and adjacent sectors. From this pool of innovators, 14 were shortlisted to work with companies in the built environment to solve real life challenges. One such firm is Tagvance who worked with Straits Construction to develop an Internet of Things (IoT) network, to relay positioning data of people and assets so as to enhance safety on the worksite. The novelty of this development is in its ability to address the challenge of penetrating through dense concrete structures to track vertical positioning in both semi-confined and large spaces which are both quite common on construction sites.
GOOD JOBS AND A BETTER WORKING
ENVIRONMENT FOR LOCALS
As the built environment sector continues to progress with industry transformation, there is a need for a strong core of local PMETs to sustain our efforts. Transformation has brought about new and higher-skilled jobs, which makes the sector more attractive to locals. For example, the wider adoption of DfMA technologies and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the sector has created job roles such as BIM modellers, production managers, and logistics and supply chain planners, which would appeal to mid-career entrants and tech-savvy youngsters. On this front, BCA is working with the Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to enhance the Professional Conversion Programmes (PCPs) for the built environment sector. Those currently employed in the sector and those seeking a mid- career switch can apply for these PCPs.
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