New format of IBEW to inspire lateral thinking

IBEW will take place at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, from 6-8 Sep 2023 (Image: BuildSG)

The tentpole event at International Built Environment Week (IBEW) presents the Built Environment Leaders’ Summit. On 6 Sep 2023 the summit will embrace a format designed to foster interdisciplinary conversations within the dynamic built environment community.

Aligning with the refreshed Built Environment Industry Transformation Map 2025 (ITM), this year’s conference carries the theme: ‘Lateral Thinking in a Vertical World’. Leaders’ Summit will provide a platform for attendees to witness the transformative power of lateral thinking and creative problem-solving in shaping the built environment’s future around the four central pillars of: Organisational Transformation, Digitalisation, Advanced Manufacturing, and Innovation & Technology.

According to organisers of IBEW, the summit will delve into topics such as the rise of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and the transformative potential of digitalisation and innovation, and their profound impact on the built environment.

The four keynote speakers headlining the conference are:

  • Shane Snow, author of Smartcuts and co-founder, Contently and SHOWRUNNER
  • Zack Kass, technologist and futurist
  • John S Hamalian, director, South East Asia, Lean Enterprise
  • Manminder Takhar, global CTO for Global Smart Cities, Dell Technologies

The Leaders’ Summit will spotlight how companies have addressed challenges akin to those encountered within the Built Environment with their own unique approaches.

Attendees of the summit can look forward to a line-up including engaging panel discussions, dynamic fireside chats and networking sessions. More details on the speakers and discussions can be found on IBEW’s website.

BEX Asia

Concurrent to IBEW’s Leaders’ Summit is BEX Asia, scheduled from 6-8 Sep 2023. BEX Asia offers a sourcing platform tailored to the needs of local and South East Asian participants.

The exhibition will showcase an array of solutions, from sustainable building materials and energy-efficient solutions to advanced technologies in air purification, digitalisation, and smart building management.

“Net-zero buildings are already here. To minimise their carbon footprint when building and operating buildings, governments and companies are emphasising sustainable construction practices and green building designs along with operations,” said Peter Ferguson, general manager, South East Asia, Johnson Controls, exhibitor at BEX Asia.

“Our passion at Johnson Controls is to build smarter, healthier, and more sustainable buildings, thus industry events like BEX Asia provide us with a platform to share and gain valuable insights into the latest trends, challenges, opportunities, and best practices in the built environment industry.”

The SGBC Seminar, also part of the exhibition’s programme, will allow attendees to accumulate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points to enhance their professional credentials, according to the organisers.

Onsite product demonstrations and industry announcements are available at the Green View Seminar and the Technology Demonstration Area.

On 7 Sep, attendees can also gain insights at the Workplace Safety Forum, organised by the Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore (STAS) and the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC).

Furthermore, BEX Asia, in collaboration with its partners Camfil and ebm-papst, works towards a sustainable future by partaking in the Plant-A-Tree programme.

This initiative, part of a commitment to off-set carbon emissions, will include a series of activities, such as developing a carbon footprint measurement solution with Singapore Polytechnic. This programme will culminate in the planting of 50 trees after the event.

Forging alliances for industry advancement

Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) will also be signed during IBEW and BEX Asia that exemplify Singapore’s dedication to collaboration and progress in the built environment.

Among these is a partnership between Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and KPMG who will join hands to drive the net-zero methodology and establish a sustainability ecosystem within Singapore, aligning with the nation’s net-zero vision and commitment to building future talents.

Additionally, SP is scheduled to enter an MoU with Akzonobel to co-drive the adoption of green buildings solutions.

Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and CPG Corporation will also enter an MoU to foster strengthened industry collaboration, particularly in sustainable endeavours such as decarbonisation.

This MoU will include collaborations on Pre-Employment Training (PET) modules, Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses, applied innovation, industry attachments, and internships.

Mr Yip Je Choong, managing director of Singapore and Indonesia, RX, said: “This year’s International Built Environment Week, through The Built Environment Leaders’ Summit and BEX Asia, plays a vital role as a dynamic platform, bringing together visionaries and decision-makers to connect, ignite creativity, share knowledge, and inspire change.

“The summit stands as a beacon of thought leadership, sparking interdisciplinary dialogues and fuelling innovative thinking for the future of the built environment.

“Meanwhile, the exhibition showcases cutting-edge solutions, offering tangible pathways to address the challenges faced by the community. Together, IBEW’s pipeline of events fosters meaningful collaborations and drives advancements towards a sustainable and future-ready built environment.”