Our Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series has reached 3,200 attendees through 27 events in 17 cities across 13 countries. These numbers will grow next week as we kickoff this year’s first Lecture Series events in Beijing and Singapore. I’ll be joined by special guest Dr. Joseph Allen from Harvard, principal investigator of The COGfx Study.
Our first stop is Beijing, China – which is a fitting location to discuss The COGfx Study. The latest World Green Building Trends 2016: China report showed that 40 percent of building professional respondents in China are building green to:
- Reduce energy consumption
- Protect natural resources, and
- Improve indoor air quality
This third reason for building green is a perfect fit for Dr. Allen’s presentation. As The COGfx Study found, improved indoor environmental quality doubled occupants’ cognitive function test scores. This is certainly a value-add for the growing green building movement in China.
Our second stop is in Singapore – a location that’s 100 percent urbanized. According to the World Green Build Trends 2016: Singapore report, nearly all survey respondents in Singapore, at 97 percent, have engaged in at least some green building, the highest level of green building involvement of all the countries included in the survey. But it doesn’t stop here; the growth in the level of green activity in Singapore by 2018 is expected to be robust. Singapore is poised to be a leader globally in these four areas:
- Retrofits of existing buildings
- New commercial construction
- New institutional construction
- New high-rise residential
I’m looking forward to hearing more about these trends and sharing information on how we can accelerate the green building movement in these locations. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #NaturalLeader and make sure to follow me on Twitter @JohnMandyck for the latest updates and photos from my trip.