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Message by President Singapore Electrical Trades Association

In 2014, growth in the construction workforce was intentionally slowed in order to reduce reliance on labour-intensive construction methods. Site productivity is measured as the total floor area constructed per man day and worksite productivity has become the strategy to make buildings easier to construct and encourage the use of efficient construction methods and processes.

Besides buildings and other infrastructures, the MRT network is being extended to provide island-wide coverage, as part of Singapore’s ‘car-lite’ initiative to encourage more residents to make greater use of public transport rather than private cars. New housing estates are coming up in Bidadari, Tampines North and Punggol in the government’s drive to provide affordable homes for residents. Flood defences are being shored up against extreme weather events caused by climate change.

As the green building movement gathers momentum, demand for retrofitting is also on the increase. Compliance with Singapore’s Green Mark is forcing the pace. Since 15 April 2008, new buildings and existing ones that undergo major retrofitting are required to comply with the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) requirements.

About 45% of building energy use is attributed to Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning System (HVAC); hence they are obvious by the prime targets for energy efficiency. By replacing energy guzzlers with more energy-efficient alternatives, companies can save a tidy sum and help improve the environment.

The drive for improved productivity and energy efficiency in buildings augurs well for the Singapore Electrical Trade Association (SETA) members.

On this delightful note, I would like to express my appreciation to Marshall Cavendish Business Information Pte Ltd for publishing the Singapore Source Book for Architects, Designers and Building Contractors which has proven to be an invaluable resource for the building industry.

Mr Louis Lim
Singapore Electrical Trades Association

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