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New S$15m fund to aid sustainable construction

March 22, 2010

Originally published at

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is setting up a 15-million-dollar “Sustainable Construction Capability Development Fund”.

Senior Minister of State for National Development Grace Fu said the fund would be used to build capabilities, enhance processes and test-bed new sustainable construction technologies which have the potential for industry-wide application.

Demolition contractors, construction waste recyclers and ready-mix concrete manufacturers can apply for funding support to invest in technology, improve processes and enhance the quality of the recycled products.

Ms Fu said this would help accelerate the adoption of recycled materials for construction projects. She said the fund would also be used to raise awareness on sustainable construction and industry adoption, through education, training and promotion.

Moreover, from October, all ready-mix concrete manufacturers supplying concrete for structural use in Singapore will have to be certified based on standards developed by BCA and the Singapore Accreditation Council.

Ms Fu said the accreditation process would enhance the reliability and quality of concrete produced, including concrete made from Recycled Concrete Aggregates.

[edit: Recycled concrete aggregate is made from used concrete that’s been removed from demolished buildings, bridges and others sources. The use of recycled concrete aggregate is typically restricted to commercial projects. The size of the aggregate varies depending on whether it’s processed or unprocessed and the project application. Unprocessed concrete aggregate is likely to contain metal, glass and other contaminants; therefore, it is only safe to use in limited applications.]

Recycled concrete

This in turn will facilitate greater demand and higher adoption of sustainable materials for construction.

To underscore the importance of sustainable construction, Ms Fu said BCA would also require Green Mark Goldplus and Platinum projects to meet a minimum level of sustainable construction. This will be introduced in the revision to the Green Mark assessment criteria later this year.

Ms Fu was speaking at the opening of Samwoh Eco-Green Park. The Eco-Green Park will provide the industry with more sources of sustainable construction materials. #

The speech can be found here. Also, more information about SAMWOH:

Samwoh was incorporated in Singapore as a transport and logistics company in the early 1970s by three of our founding shareholders, who shared a common dream and aspiration. Seeking to achieve success through a harmonious and balanced working attitude. Thus, the name SAMWOH was born.

Following our incorporation, the company adopted the following corporate directions:

>To invest in relevant leading-edge technologies;
>To train and develop our staff;
>To focus on research and development of products to meet the stringent demands of the construction market of today, and;
>To embark on the challenges of the future.

Our clients have come to expect nothing less than products and services of high quality from us. Today, our corporate identity and name is the hallmark of quality in our area of specialty.

Over the years, Samwoh has grown from her humble beginnings and has become the market leader in the field of road construction, road and airfield maintenance, as well as pavement engineering.

Samwoh currently owns a group of companies which places her in the forefront position of civil engineering and infrastructure construction services.Our diverse range of specialisation includes the supply and laying of all types of asphalt premix; the supply of specialized construction materials and products; the trading of construction materials and equipment, as well as pavement consultancy services.

Samwoh owns four asphalt premix plants. One of them was recently installed and has recycling capability. These make us the biggest asphalt premix supplier in Singapore. In addition, Samwoh also owns a precast manufacturing plant that is able to design and manufacture a wide range of precast concrete products for the various needs of civil and building projects.

In response to the government’s call for better re-use of construction waste, Samwoh has acquired a sizeable plot of land in 2004 and has also invested heavily on recycling machineries to process demolished concrete, milled road waste and other industrial by-products for re-utilisation by the industry.

In an effort to diversify our products and services, Samwoh has also ventured into the offshore oil and gas industry business by supplying marine mastic and concrete mattresses through a joint venture with a UK based company in 2002. #

Generally speaking, this move by the government in collaboration with SAMWOH is arguably part of the Budget 2010. If you click on the link provided for the Budget, you would see that building and construction has been allocated a larget amount of money. In some ways, I think that the fund somewhat justifies continued construction in Singapore. Construction means economic development and inevitably, the use of resources at an alarming rate. Nevertheless, construction is always seen as being able to provide jobs for the people and to create a “better Singapore” and a “better future”. I do hope that the word “recycling” means more to people than just the amount of money being pumped in to the construction sector, because it should. Many people take these terms like “green”, “sustainable”, “recycling” and what have you for granted these days… and it gets quite frustrating. But I do applaud the efforts of the state in their public-private collaboration initiatives so as to set an example for future ties with the private sector in trying to make our city clean and green.


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  1. October 20, 2013 6:38 pm

    Howdy! This blog post could not be written any better! Going through
    this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He constantly kept preaching about this. I most certainly will send this post to him.

    Pretty sure he’ll have a great read. Thank you for sharing!

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