The Tropical Subtropical Green Building Alliance Conference or TSGBA 2012 was recently held as part of the events and activities of Archidex ’12 or the 13th International Architecture, Interior Design & Building Exhibition Malaysia which was held between the 4th and 7th of July 2012 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Known also as the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2012, the TSGBA was the avenue to deliberate on the problems faced in tropical and subtropical regions in the development of green building.
Essentially, the TSGBCA is made up of the alliance of green building councils who share the same interests of this environmental issue and this alliance is made up of countries like Australia, China, Singapore, the Philippines, India, Indonesia and this year’s host country 2012. The TSGBA 2012 is in its third edition where this year’s focus was on the natural tropical environment and how it is used for the built environment using innovative design. The TSGBA 2012 was organised by the Malaysia Green Building Confederation who played the host while it was co-organized by the Green Building Councils of China and Singapore with the main theme of ‘Naturally Tropical Truly Innovative’. There were 4 other subthemes that were deliberated during the 2 days conference which were ‘Biomimicry’, ‘Tropical Innovations’, ‘Green Sense’ and ‘Green Governance’.
The TSGBA 2012 was graced by the Guest-of-Honour Dato’ Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui, the Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water while keynote speakers were Dato Dr Kenneth Yeang, Jane Henley and Rod Leaver. The main theme and all 4 sub-themes were discussed with papers presented by industry practitioners from the participating countries throughout the 2 days. Topics like ‘Urban Eco-Landscape Formation Associated with Urban Identity and Heritage’, ‘The Indonesian Green Building Movement’ and ‘Sustainable Developments: Cost or Value?’ were among many others that were presented.