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BuildTech Asia 2016 offers new technological insights to the building and construction sector

Singapore, 18 October 2016 – BuildTech Asia 2016, the region’s leading trade show for the building and construction industry, and a hallmark event at the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW), is officially opened this morning by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance. The sixth edition of BuildTech Asia, organised by Sphere Exhibits and hosted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), will be held from 18 to 20 October at Singapore Expo Hall 3 and MAX Atria. 

The Asian building technology market could be valued as high as $1,036 billion by 2020, creating opportunities for development and adoption in the region. In Singapore, average construction demand will likely sustain between $26 billion and $35 billion in 2017 and 2018. Integrating technology into buildings contributes to an increase in building function productivity of 3.8%. Leveraging this development, BuildTech Asia 2016 aims to showcase a variety of smart building and construction technologies required to enhance productivity and efficiency in the built environment sector across its varied verticals. The programme includes an exhibition, guided tours, conferences, workshops, productivity awards and networking opportunities. 

Over 100 exhibiting brands from 15 countries - Austria, Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, USA and Vietnam, will be showcasing smart building and construction technologies. Key exhibitors include ACME Equipment, Chun Hoe, DiHub, Eastern Pretech, Heibei Jinbiao Construction Materials, Hume Cemboard, Peikko, Samwoh, Splice Sleeve, Terralite and USG Boral, among others. 

At BuildTech Asia 2016, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is one of six government agencies that will be showcasing smart technology solutions to empower SMEs in the construction sector to achieve greater competitiveness.  In partnership with BCA to bring smart technology to the built environment sector, IMDA will feature solutions such as Finalcad’s BIM-enabled applications, GPS Land’s LiDAR-as-a-service for site surveys, Hubble’s workforce management tool with predictive data analytics and Lean Station’s lean construction planning tool for workforce and project management. These solutions are mapped to the workflow of construction companies so that SMEs’ workforce can readily use them in daily operations.

Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: "BuildTech Asia 2016 underscores the impact that technology has on the built environment sector. Smart construction technologies will improve productivity and help vendors to compete in the sector. This year, for the first time, we are introducing the industry to Internet of Things (IoT) technology as it applies to building. As the region’s leading trade show for the built environment, BuildTech Asia seeks to inform practitioners of the latest materials and construction methods using smart building technology, showcase industry best practices and provide opportunities for practitioners to meet, network and learn from one another across the region.”  

Over 6,000 attendees from the region are expected at the three-day trade show. BuildTech Asia is supported by the governments and trade associations of Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, United Kingdom and Vietnam, as well as trade delegations from Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan and Thailand.

BuildTech Asia enables industry stakeholders to explore and discuss ideas that integrate technology and building. The exhibition and ancillary events within the Singapore Construction Productivity Week are designed to gather professionals from many nations to meet potential business partners, build new relationships and exchange learnings on a common business platform.

Highlights of BuildTech Asia 2016 include:

· Organised by HOMEDEX Corporation and Sphere Exhibits, the two-day B-IoT Asia Exhibition and Conference aims to educate participants on the best practices for and how to apply IoT technology into construction and building. Incorporating smart technology into architecture, construction as well as the materials of a building, the B-IoT Asia Conference features local and international experts who will discuss the building IoT landscape in Singapore, promote an understanding on the SMART eco-system from design to construction and operations, explore the realms of safety and security, big data and analytics as well as productive methods in IoT to achieve operational efficiency in buildings. The Building IoT Exhibition will feature a dedicated pavilion consisting of companies showcasing IoT platforms, IoT applications, devices and services.
· The Singapore Contractors Association is organising the 7th SCAL Environment Sustainability Conference on 20 October. In line with the government's efforts in promoting sustainable development, the one-day conference with the theme “Think Green, Build Green” will provide a platform for sharing of environmentally sustainable practices. Besides raising greater awareness among contractors on green building practices, the conference will provide up-to-date information on the government schemes and help steer the industry towards minimising environment impact and increase the economic sustainability of businesses.
· The inaugural SCAL Productivity and Innovation Awards (PIA) 2016 is an industry-led initiative to raise productivity in the construction sector through a ground-up approach for innovative ideas that aims to result in significant improvements at the workplace. Ten finalists for the Awards have been shortlisted by a panel of judges and visitors to BuildTech Asia will have a stake in selecting the first PIA winners. The first 1,000 visitors to the show on 18 and 19 October will cast their votes that will contribute towards deciding the winners. The top three winners to the PIA will be presented at the SCAL Environmental Sustainability Conference held in conjunction with BuildTech Asia on 20 October.
For more information on BuildTech Asia 2016, visit http://www.buildtechasia.com/ 
For more information on Singapore Construction Productivity Week, visit www.scpw.sg
For more information onB-IoT Conference, visit http://www.buildingiotasia.com
For more information on the SCAL Environmental Sustainability Conference, visit http://www.scal-academy.com.sg/seminars/oct-20-environment-sustainability-conference-on-think-green-build-green-830am-445pm 

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About BuildTech Asia 2016
Hosted by Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), and held during the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW), BuildTech Asia 2016 is now into its 6th edition focuses on technologies that address the challenges of building and construction across different vertical industries. BuildTech Asia 2016 is 3-day trade event dedicated to make a difference to the future of the industry. For more information, please visit www.buildtechasia.com 

About the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW) 
Organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW) is an industry hallmark event for developers, architects, consultants, builders and suppliers to exchange ideas on construction productivity, as well as share the latest developments in new productive technologies, best practices and success stories. Held from 18 – 21 October 2016, key events this year include the BuildTech Asia Exhibition, Build Smart Conference, Skilled Builders Project, inaugural SCAL Productivity Innovation Competition and Awards, Experiential Workshop, as well as the Productivity Workshop, Productivity Challenge and Productivity Race to engage tertiary students on construction productivity concepts.  For more information, please visit www.scpw.sg

About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd 
A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy. Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners. For more information, please visit www.sphereexhibits.com.sg 

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media. 


SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang. 

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