Editor’s pickBEX and MCE Asia to empower a digital-first future for the building and construction industry

31-08-2018
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Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Southeast Asia's leading trade exhibition for the region's green building market, and Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia, a regional HVAC-R, water and energy exhibition will be held in Singapore between the 5th and 7th of September 2018. This comes on the heels of a Special Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, convened by The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 10 July, to galvanise climate action in the region. Complementing the regional bloc's efforts, BEX and MCE Asia will highlight the industry's latest developments that will help advance climate change action for the region.

Held as part of the Singapore Green Building Week (SGBW), BEX Asia, together with co-located events MCE Asia as well as the annual International Green Building Conference (IGBC), is set to welcome over 12,000 professionals, thought leaders and policy makers from across the built-environment industry. In all, BEX Asia and MCE Asia will host over 400 exhibiting companies from across the globe, all striving to advance the region's climate change agenda.

 

Technology accelerates the shift towards sustainable cities

Technology will be a main highlight this year, with BEX and MCE Asia incorporating a new feature on Smart Buildings & Automation. The exhibition will include prominent brands such as Delta Energy, ebm-papst, Marko Tack, Overkiz, and Tridium. As smart cities take center stage in Southeast Asia's development, the new feature will showcase the latest technologies ranging from energy management systems, automatic controls, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, smart grids and leading-edge security systems.

“The path to sustainable development is a multi-concerted effort that requires industry players to come together to develop complete solutions interfacing major disciplines that will truly impact society. Technology will amplify the efforts of all players, big and small, and make it easier for anyone to take part in the sustainability movement,” said Peter Latscha, General Manager, Glutz. “The Smart Buildings and Automation showcase is the ideal platform for the cross-pollination of ideas needed to drive the conversation. We are looking forward to demonstrating our secure and convenient access solutions and interacting with other industry leaders.”

And following a successful feature of the Future Home last year, Surbana Jurong Consultants will be returning to the show floor this year with a curated exhibit titled “City of ____”. The exhibition envisions a cityscape of interconnected technologies that are more sustainable, smart and productive by design.

In turn, this empowers communities through inclusive design and shared ownership. Within the curated space, the simulated urban grid taps on exhibitors, including DVUCA, ThinkPhi, Lian Wang and GWS Living Art, to demonstrate the collaboration and synergy behind building better places to live, work and play.

Lending an international outlook to the shows, BEX and MCE Asia will also incorporate pavilions that highlight cutting-edge products and solutions from China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan and Taiwan. Marking its inaugural participation, the Free State of Bavaria in Germany will be participating with a contingent of eight companies. Represented by the Bayern pavilion, exhibitors such as Purus Plastics, S + S Regeltechnik and SANO Deutschland will be flying into Singapore to showcase their technical know-how and expertise in green buildings and energy efficiency.

 

BEX Asia 2018: Propelling conversations for a sustainable future

Running its 11th edition in 2018, BEX Asia continues to break new ground in the green building development space. The exhibition gathers some of Asia Pacific's most influential thought leaders to network, engage in knowledge exchange and to inspire the development of leading green building strategies and technologies.

Visitors at the show can also look forward to exciting building innovations such as the wide range of fire shutters and flood protection barriers from Delta Technology. These solutions aim to protect building properties and saves lives during disasters and emergencies.

Other returning brands and new companies participating at BEX Asia 2018 include AGC, Agsitech, Big Ass Fans, Dalian Allied Nanotech, Merawood, Millenium 3 Building Products, NAKA Corporation, Shandong Weihua Glass, The Floor Gallery.

 

MCE Asia 2018: Helping the industry take a bigger leap towards energy efficiency

Complementing BEX Asia is MCE Asia, the Asian edition of Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE), Europe's longest running trade exhibition for environmentally-friendly comfort technology. MCE Asia enables the sharing of best practices and solutions in the four sectors of cooling, water, and renewable energy and heating.

“MCE Asia is a leading platform for HVAC-R industry practitioners, consultants, engineers and facilities managers. We are looking forward to showcasing our robotic duct-cleaners, which tap on dry ice blasting technology from our technology partners,” Ken Teng, Director, AmpTec Industrial Heating, commented. “This new innovation helps to clean and maintain ducts and vents while cutting down on time and resources and resolving Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). We believe that an investment in technology for HVAC-R solutions will help tackle the manpower challenge in the industry and demonstrate how SMEs can also contribute in advancing the industry.”

Leaders such as Daikin and Panasonic will also showcase their latest innovations alongside first-time exhibitors like Closecomfort, Ipee, LYS Energy and MayAir, with next-generation HVAC-R solutions, which will go a long way in ensuring the future sustainability of our urban buildings.

“There is increasing awareness today of the need to ensure indoor air quality as we spend a lot more time indoor than outdoors. Poor air quality in indoor air-conditioned environment can bring about health risks to building occupants,” Ichiro Suganuma, Executive Director of Commercial Air Conditioners, Panasonic Appliances Asia Pacific, said. “As Panasonic celebrates our 100th year in 2018, we continue to stay committed to creating a better life, a better world, through the latest home technology innovation. At the upcoming MCE Asia, we are looking forward to showcasing our latest range of air-conditioning and ventilation technologies aimed at cleaning up the indoor air quality for homes and workplaces.”

 

Fostering green discussions amidst innovation

Running concurrently with BEX Asia and MCE Asia are the complimentary three-day Green View and Mostra Xchange seminars that showcases best practices, latest research and deep insights around building innovations. The curated seminars will help industry practitioners gain a more nuanced understanding of topics such as smart building applications and systems, green building design, energy-efficient HVAC-R solutions, sanitary, plumbing and solar energy implementation.

Some highlights include:

  • “Icon versus Sensual Architecture” by Keith Brewis, Managing Partner, International Operations at Grimshaw
  • “Future Trends and Best Practices for Smart Buildings” by Scott Dunn, Vice President, Southeast Asia at AECOM
  • “Solar Ready' Rooftops for New Buildings” by Samridh Goyal, Founder and CEO at Solar Horizon Pte Ltd
  • “Making your Buildings Smarter and Maximising Energy Savings through Collective Intelligence” by Akua Sampson, Head of Sales and Business Development, Emissions Consult, Emissions Consult, LLC

The IGBC, a co-located event concurrent with the SGBW, is the premier green building conference where thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners in the built environment sector converge for learning, networking and collaborations. With the theme, "Build Green: Build Smart. Build Communities", IGBC 2018 will focus on rallying stakeholders to come together as a community to help drive the green building agenda.

Featured speakers include:

  • Simon Sturgis, Managing Director, Sturgis Carbon Profiling LLP, United Kingdom
  • Sun Ying, Vice President, China Construction Technology Consulting Co. Ltd, China
  • Dr Raymond Yau, General Manager, Technical Services & Sustainable Development, Swire Properties Limited, Hong Kong

 “As the conversation evolves to include the emerging use of technology, MCE and BEX Asia are well positioned to promote the exchange of ideas and best practices needed to meet the needs of the industry,” Louise Chua, Project Director, Reed Exhibitions, concluded. “There continues to be a groundswell of support for greater ownership in the climate change battle, prompting players along the entire value chain – architects, consultants, contractors, engineers, and tenants – to come together to holistically address the issue of sustainability and chart the way forward.”