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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORIAL TEAM SELECTING FOR SUSTAINABILITY Selection and procurement remains vital in the building and construction industry, with large contract sums of materials, labour and services being procured in order to construct the buildings we live, work and play in. Oftentimes, this process goes unnoticed by the endÕÃiÀÃ]œ˜ÞÀi>«ˆ˜}̅iLi˜iwÌÃLÀœÕ}…Ì>LœÕÌLÞÜ՘` procurement practices. The process itself has evolved with the ever-changing dynamics of the building and construction industry, and with the paradigm slowly but steadily shifting to more sustainable buildings, the procurement and selection process will have to move towards sustainability as well. Building materials can be vitally important to green buildings as they are responsible for the collective environmental footprint put out by the completed structure. With the growing emphasis on better places for people to work, live and play in, healthier building materials alongside the products that can improve LՈ`ˆ˜}ivwVˆi˜VÞ>Ài}ÀœÜˆ˜}ˆ˜`i“>˜`° œÌœ˜ÞˆÃ this evident amongst building developers, homeowners and business owners are increasingly looking to ecovÀˆi˜`ÞẇœÕÌ܏Ṏœ˜ÃvœÀ̅iˆÀ…œ“iÃ>˜`ܜÀŽ«>Við A growing body of research, including work done by the World Green Building Council, is also supporting the correlation between healthier buildings and healthier occupants. Hence, it is important for the industry to further cultivate and nurture a culture of sustainable selection

>˜`«ÀœVÕÀi“i˜ÌvœÀ>LՈ`ˆ˜}Ã]LiˆÌ>ÀiÌÀœwÌœÀ>˜ entirely new construction. Selecting for sustainability ܜՏ`“i>˜}Àii˜iÀ>˜`“œÀiivwVˆi˜ÌLՈ`ˆ˜}Ã] complemented by healthy indoor air quality produced with building materials that have been tested and ViÀ̈wi`̜Lii˜ÛˆÀœ˜“i˜Ì>Þ‡vÀˆi˜`Þ>˜`…i>Ì…Þ° Buildings also last for a long time, therefore it is ˆ“«œÀÌ>˜ÌvœÀ̅i“̜Li>ÃÃÕÃÌ>ˆ˜>Li>˜`ivwVˆi˜Ì>à long as possible. In this issue of SG Green, we congratulate the Winners of the SGBC-BCA Sustainability Leadership Awards Óä£Ç°7…i˜ޜÕÀi>`̅ÀœÕ}…̅iˆÀ«ÀœwiÃ]ޜÕ܈ w˜`̅>Ì>œv̅i“q˜`ˆÛˆ`Õ>Ã]"À}>˜ˆÃ>̈œ˜Ã>˜` Ո`ˆ˜}*ÀœiVÌÃq«>Vi>œÌœ˜i“«…>ÈÃœ˜ÃiiV̈˜} the most sustainable materials for any of their projects. For some of the Winners, sustainability is shown to be ˆ˜̅iˆÀ Ƃ]̅ÕÃÃiiV̈˜}ÃÕÃÌ>ˆ˜>LˆˆÌÞ…>ÃLiVœ“i second nature. ˜>``ˆÌˆœ˜]̅iwv̅ˆÃÃÕiœv-Àii˜>Ãœ̜ÕV…ià on some of the innovative solutions out there in the market, solutions that can help you on your own green building journey. From organisations producing green building materials to inventive business models that address existing building problems, there is a wealth of resources to give you ideas to procure responsibly and choose sustainability. Yours sincerely, SG Green Editorial Team

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