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                 SINGAPORE BUILDERS DIRECTORY 2022/2023
 regulatory process to benefit both industry practitioners and regulatory agencies when it is ready by end-2023.
3. Establish clearer benchmarks in quality, maintainability and sustainability.
On 7 September 2021, Green Mark 2021 criteria and technical guide were refreshed with its official launch at Singapore International Built Environment Week. The BCA Green Mark 2021 (GM: 2021) is an internationally recognised green building certification scheme tailored for the tropical climate. It encourages the industry and professionals to collaborate and develop green building solutions, raising the sustainability standards of Singapore’s built environment. GM: 2021 is aimed at raising standards in energy performance and placing greater emphasis on other sustainability outcomes such as
– Designing for maintainability,
– Reducing embodied carbon across a
building’s life cycle,
– Using smart technologies,
– Enhancing a building’s resilience to climate
change and
– Creating healthier environments for
building users.
GM: 2021 which took effect from 1 November 2021, applies to new and existing buildings including commercial buildings, industrial buildings, institutional buildings and residential buildings.
Mr Seah Chee Huang, CEO of DP Architects, agreed with BCA CEO that the industry should pick up the pace on transformation efforts. “It’s very important we use this moment to continue to upgrade and upskill ourselves,” he noted.
Mr Wong also pushed for collaborative contracting arrangements, a redesign of the traditional contracting model to be less oppositional and isolated, but bringing parties together towards common project goals.
“Globally, there are many markets that are using collaborative contracting and evidence demonstrates that it’s good for business,” Mr Wong noted.
Such a model may just be the driving force for the BE sector to show greater unity and achieve greater things together.
Mr Liam Wee Sin, Group Chief Executive of property developer UOL Group, echoed his support for such an aggregated delivery approach and voiced his aspirations for the sector. Calling Singapore’s built environment world-class, Mr Liam gave credit to good planning, building design, contracting, and facilities management.
Therein lies a lot of potential and prospects for Singapore.
Vision for the built
environment industry
“We want to create a built environment that meets Singapore’s needs for the future, essentially a liveable and smart built environment. Right now, the challenges that Singapore faces in the future are an ageing and declining workforce, infrastructure that is getting old, and the threat of climate change. On the upside, the upcoming disruptive technologies, and the urbanisation of Singapore and Asia present promising growth opportunities. I am confident that the industry can face these challenges by taking steps to anticipate these upcoming changes, embrace greater innovation, and use technology to boost productivity and be highly automated,” said Mr Kelvin Wong, CEO of BCA.

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