In 2016, the Singapore Government announced a S$4.5 billion (US$3.29 billion) Industry Transformation Programme to address issues within each industry and deepen partnerships between Government, firms, industries, trade associations and chambers. The ITMs were grouped into six clusters, including the Built Environment which comprises various essential sectors such as Construction, Real Estate, Security, and Environmental Services.
More recently, the Built Environment also received special attention during the announcement of the Budget for 2018 on transforming how Singapore builds better. It is recognised that the transformation of the Built Environment will spur on economic growth, job opportunities, and a vibrant, future-proofed urban environment. As the urban areas of Singapore continue to grow both in size and age, Singapore will continue its focus on future-proofing.
Of late, Singapore has also seen several announcements pertaining to the architecture and building management industries, including the safety and security industries, by the Government in its bid to ensure the development of an excellent built environment.
For example, a new energy rating for buildings that are at least 60 per cent more energy efficient was launched, as compared to the older building codes which was drafted in 2005. This signals the intensification of the move towards a greener future for Singapore in its efforts to mitigate climate change.
To enhance the level of safety and security for the increasing numbers of travellers and members of the public who pass through one of the many entry and exit points in Singapore, a cruise centre has undertaken a S$3 million initiative comprising security cameras, smart sensors, data science, video analytics and predictive artificial intelligence to prevent possible congestion – all by tapping on smart technology. To enhance fire safety in homes and buildings, the Government continues to leverage on advanced technology in its task of revising fire code for buildings, which includes new regulations for smoke detector in new homes.
The upcoming and highly anticipated fifth edition of the Architecture & Building Services (ABS) 2018 is a timely exposition in view of the Industry Transformation Programme, the special focus on the Built Environment, and the introduction of the many initiatives by the Government mentioned above, when it opens its doors on October 2, 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. The ABS series is a mega platform showcases the solutions for Smart Nation building and serves the needs of the architecture and the building management industries.
ABS 2018 is helmed by ArchXpo 2018, along with 5 other important showcases – iFaME 2018 (International Facility Management Expo), LED & Light Asia 2018, Safety and Security Asia 2018, Fire & Disaster Asia 2018, and Work Safe Asia 2018. These exhibitions will make up a comprehensive and integrated mega platform for all building needs in Singapore and the region under one roof.
Visitors, delegates and key players from all facets of the industry – Architects, Builders, Contractors, Developers, Engineers, Facility Managers, Government Agencies, Housing Developers, Interior Designers and among others at ABS 2018 will be the first to see and learn of the latest solutions, technologies, and products which make up the building blocks of a Smart Nation by 250 exhibitors from 50 countries, spanning across 10,000 square metres of exhibition floor.
For the first time ever, visitors at ABS 2018 will be feted with showcases of Smart Solutions at the Smart Pavilion. They will get to view the latest smart technologies which contribute towards increased productivity and energy-efficiency for private homes and commercial buildings. Apart from the 6 exhibitions, delegates at ABS 2018 will attend 13 conferences, workshops and master classes fronted by industry experts which are positioned to address new challenges and developments impacting Singapore’s ever-changing built environment.
Another highly anticipated event for the local Facility Management (FM) industry at ABS 2018 is the Singapore FM Awards 2018 which is held to encourage and offer a platform to recognise companies which are leaders in FM solutions, as well as those who have made important contributions to the knowledge, practical application, and sustainable performance of Singapore’s FM industry including the building and real estate sectors.
The awards will be presented at the Singapore FM Awards Gala Dinner on 2 October 2018, graced by guest-of-honour Mr Zainal Sapari, Assistant Secretary General, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Deputy Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower, Member of Parliament, Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC.
ArchXpo 2018, an internal exhibition which serves as a key gathering of industry experts and talents that make for excellent architectural and built environment design, is co-organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), and Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd (CEMS). The exhibition will showcase technologies, products and services which contribute towards the architectural and build environment industries.
Also a key pillar of the Archifest series, ArchXpo 2018will play host to the SIA Conference 2018 which is a learning hub and an invaluable platform for the exchange of research and innovation in architectural design, practice, and education.
Safety & Security Asia 2018 (SSA 2018), as part of ABS 2018, provides strategic directions and solutions to matters pertaining to the safety and security market of Southeast Asia. SSA 2018 will showcase new concepts, bold designs and innovative products in the field of security for public and private premises.
The exhibition is expected to attract industry experts and speakers from the government and private sectors who will share experiences and know-how in dealing with the growing problem concerning safety and disaster prevention today. The exhibition will also play host to the Security Industry Conference (SIC) 2018, fronted by a panel of high-profile experts to create an informative platform for the exchange of strategies which companies and businesses may implement to enhance existing security measures to counter global cyber and physical threats.
The three-day mega show of 6 international showcases will also play host to the delegates of 13 conferences for the architectural and building services industries.