Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Southeast Asia’s premier business event for the exchange of global expertise and technologies for sustainable building, returns for the seventh year with a twist. In line with the theme, “Building Today, Sustaining Tomorrow”, BEX Asia 2014 and the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) are encouraging all participants to adhere to a “no-coat, no-tie” dress code. This ensures that visitors are comfortable while in-hall temperatures are raised to more environmentally friendly levels.
“Visitors are an important part of our show, and it is necessary to engage them in our efforts. By doing away with the usual business wear, we hope that this creates a more conducive environment for everyone,” says Ms Louise Chua, Business Development Director and Project Director of Reed Exhibitions.
With buildings emitting one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, a better understanding of green practices is necessary to create a more sustainable living environment. BEX Asia 2014 will see the coming together of key industry partners for an exchange of business ideas and venture opportunities to achieve a shared vision of using more green technologies in building design and architecture. Over 350 companies across the globe are expected to showcase new and innovative products to visitors and delegation from the region, including Taiwan and Indonesia.
Greater Buzz with Strong Line-up of Exhibitors
Visitors can expect a diverse showcase of the latest products and green solutions across the big and small industry players.
One of them is the display of the proprietary Panasonic Energy Management System (EMS) which allows for convenient energy visualisation. The provision of energy consumption data via wireless communications and network technology encourages small behavioural changes towards potential energy and cost savings. In the residential space, the system was part of the Punggol Eco Town test-bed project in 2013.
Junichiro Kitagawa, Managing Director, Panasonic Asia Pacific, said, “As the strain on energy resources increases with growing demand and consumption, effective energy management technologies and solutions have to be looked into closely. With the EMS, consumers are aware of, and have the ability to monitor as well as make changes to their energy consumption habits.”
Singapore-based company, Enovatek Energy Solutions, who is sponsoring all LED lightings at BEX Asia 2014, will also introduce the Nano Thermal Barrier Paint. Already in use in hot and warm neighbouring countries like Thailand, the heat-reflective paint increases solar reflectance and thermal emittance when applied onto a surface, reducing cooling load by up to 40%.
Strengthening the international presence is the return of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and Taiwan pavilions. Following the success of BEX Asia last year, the JETRO pavilion will return bigger, featuring various Japanese Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and their respective technologies to maximise business potentials.
“The extensive showcase will provide an enabling platform for everybody to network and exchange ideas. Notably, we have seen an increased interest from companies in the timber and wood industry, and those providing lighting solutions,” says Louise.
“With the expected record number of participants from the region, BEX Asia 2014 is well poised to accelerate the adoption of green technologies for a more sustainable and energy-efficient living.”
Also housed in a much larger pavilion this year is the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), a strategic partner in fostering collaboration between Singaporean companies and key industry players. From buildings, architecture, design and green products, visitors can find these key partners via the Singapore Green Product Labels affixed at the booths.
Gathering of Asia’s leading Build Green Think-tanks
BEX Asia 2014 will also play host to ‘Green View’ speakers, who will be sharing their expert insights on the industry.
One of the speakers, Dr Naree Phinyawatana, Director of Atelier Ten (Bangkok), will be speaking on daylighting. “BEX Asia 2014 will not only give like-minded individuals an opportunity to network but also provide a platform for the discussion and exchange of ideas. I am honored to be speaking to my peers and hopefully contribute to the greater good for the industry.”
Other speakers at ‘Green View’ include Dr Alex Lee, CEO (Asia) of Tian Building Engineering, Germany and Mr Emmanuel Clair, Group CEO of Light Cibles International Group. Light Cibles is a multidisciplinary lighting design consultancy globally renowned for its technical expertise, rich experience and creative solutions with offices in Paris, Madrid, Singapore, Tianjin and Kuala Lumpur. The company’s notable projects around the world include Fullerton Hotel, Fullerton Bay Hotel, W Singapore Sentosa Cove and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore; the Cathedral of Notre Dame and Mont Saint-Michel in France; Beirut Central District in Lebanon; and Tasik Perdana City Park and the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Watch the interview of Mr Emmanuel Clair below.
Other speakers include Mr Steven Kang, Business Development Director of Measurement and Verification Pte Ltd, and Mr Philip Kennedy, President and Chief Technology Officer of Kiltech.
Furthering the Green Agenda
Taking place alongside BEX Asia 2014 is the International Green Building Conference (IGBC). The anchor event of the Singapore Green Building Week, IGBC 2014 is organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA). It will play host to international green building experts, policy-makers and academics, and built environment practitioners, to promote a congregation of ideas, collaboration and learning, to achieve a greener and more sustainable environment.
BEX Asia 2014 is also co-located with Lighting Asia and Design Interiors. The inaugural Lighting Asia provides an international showcase of energy efficient lighting solutions for the Southeast Asian marketplace. Design Interiors encompasses enthralling eco-centric interior exhibits for design professionals. Visitors can expect participation from the Czech Republic as well as the Japan Interior Planners Association, Tokyo (JIPAT).
BEX Asia will take place from 1 to 3 September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. For more information, please visit http://www.bex-asia.com/