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As part of the World Green Building Week 2021 (20-24 Sept), the World Green Building Council has released a guidebook on how Sustainable Buildings are #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies. By 2050, the world’s building stock will double, increasing the impact of our sector significantly. Its demand on natural resources accelerates climate change, and inefficient, unhealthy buildings are affecting our livelihoods. This guidebook comes out quite timely, as the #COP26 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow. It states "As the UNFCCC works to bring resilience to the forefront of the climate agenda, we as a green building network have an opportunity".

Set up in 2015, the United Nation (UN)'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the most holistic, comprehensive and actionable framework for global sustainability and climate change abatement. The WGBC guidebook has done a great job at mapping how sustainable buildings support and will help achieve the UN SDGs. Below is a summary form the guide with additional commentary on how BtrLyf as a digital tool supports sustainable buildings in meeting the SDGs.

Sustainable buildings and cities promote human health by encouraging healthy lifestyles, protecting people from harm across the building and construction lifecycle.

BtrLyf as a digital tool was launched in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic to reduce the physical touch-points and carry on with business as usual for doing energy assessment and green certification.

Sustainable buildings can help protect the scarce water resources, driving water efficiency and reducing waste, and enhance water quality and sanitation.

BtrLyf is currently focused on digitalization of energy and carbon assessment, and will develop tools dedicated to water efficiency in time to come.

Sustainable buildings provide access to affordable, reliable and clean energy by prioritizing energy efficiency and low- or zero-carbon energy sources.

BtrLyf provides instant and low-cost digital assessment for sustainable buildings. Using the Enhanced Digital Green Assessor (EDGAR) tool, building owners, facility managers and consultants are able to quantify and qualify the best energy conservation and carbon reduction measures for a sustainable building.

The construction of sustainable buildings and infrastructure can create jobs, reskill and upskill workers, enabling a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

BtrLyf improves productivity of green assessment by 10-50x, thus enhancing green project opportunities and accelerating green economic growth via decarbonization of the built environment.

Sustainable buildings and cities provide equitable and high-quality urban and regional infrastructure that promotes economic development, human welfare and cleaner operation as part of a circular economy.

BtrLyf enables the most innovative green building products and solutions to be at the forefront of decarbonization through the Product Inclusion in Assessment (PRIA) tool.

Sustainable buildings protect human health and promote a decent standard of living across the lifecycle, from quality employment and human rights for construction and material workers, to eliminating energy poverty and ensuring affordability and comfort in operational buildings.

Sustainable buildings in cities provide access to high-quality housing and public infrastructure to all citizens, promoting harmonious social, environmental and economic development.

BtrLyf creates digital twins of entire cities and allows anyone to assess any building, anywhere, anytime, instantly and at super-low costs.

Sustainable buildings are circular buildings that optimise resource use, result in zero waste to landfill, and support the regeneration of resources and natural systems.

BtrLyf has a non-technical digital interface that significantly reduces the barriers of assessing energy conservation measures, and understanding their financial and environmental impacts with quantification

Considering the importance of the longevity of buildings, sustainable buildings support clean energy used efficiently, and sustainable cities work alongside individual buildings to decarbonise public resources and infrastructure, and incorporate future-proofing mechanisms to improve resilience and adaptation to future climatic change.

Sustainable buildings provide access to nature for everyone and enable nature-based solutions that enhance resilience and support biodiversity and ecosystem services.

BtrLyf enables creation of sustainable buildings through a digital interface that is open and can integrate with several other related services and data

Sustainable buildings and cities are created through powerful partnerships that enhance knowledge sharing and ambition across the three pillars of sustainability – planet, people and economies.

BtrLyf is a unified digital platform that helps co-creation of sustainable buildings by enabling collaboration accross the industry. It promotes sustainability efforts and makes related data and know-how more widely accessible for partnership

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SoftTech Engineers Ltd (NSEI: SOFTTECH), announced its strategic investment in Singapore-based start-up Qi Square Pte Ltd. Softtech Engineers is a leading IT company with 25 years of expertise facilitating business & technology transformation across the Architectural Engineering Construction (AEC) industry. Equipped with 25 years of deep domain expertise and industry knowledge, SoftTech has helped more than 4,500 clients in India and around the world to gain a competitive digital edge in the industry.

Qi Square recently launched its digital built environment ecosystem platform named ‘BtrLyf’ (pronounced ‘Better Life’, available at BtrLyf is a unified platform that helps the co-creation of sustainable buildings by enabling digital collaboration and AI-enabled assessment of green buildings and related solutions. BtrLyf is available on an open cloud-based interface with applications specially designed to enhance the workflow and significantly lower the costs and time required to do green projects. It supports activities such as energy/carbon analysis, technology fit analysis, green certification assessment, and financial due diligence. These applications are provided to the industry in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model and include EDGAR: Enhanced Digital Green Assessor, PRIA: Product Inclusion in Assessment, LISA: Listing of Industry Specialist App, and GRACE: Green Auto Certification.

This strategic and technology alliance marks the combined synergies of the two companies in extending the BtrLyf platform. Commenting on this alliance, Mr. Vijay Gupta, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director at SoftTech Engineers Limited, said, in the backdrop of the need for urgent global climate action, this innovative platform will help accelerate the productivity of green projects through digitalization. He further added that the cloud-powered and AI-based platform will enable acceleration of the decarbonisation efforts in the built environment industry. “We will work with the dynamic and energetic BtrLyf team to enhance the platform and connect with our CAD/BIM-based permit system”, added Mr. Gupta.

Mr. Nilesh Jadhav, co-founder, and CEO of Qi Square expressed his enthusiasm over this strategic partnership and said that it will help the company grow strengths on its mission to provide cutting edge digital technologies for the green building industry and support Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 objectives. He further added, “our partnership with Softtech opens up new avenues to boost the building industry sustainability efforts through enhanced digitalization and end-to-end green project execution support on full digital mode”.

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Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Thanks for all the support and overwhelming response to our launch event on 1st September 2021, 5-7pm SGT. We had more than 150 participants and a great line-up of speakers to compliment our launch theme.

Above is the short video shown as intro during the launch and the full recording of the launch event is available here.

Launch Webinar Program:

  • Welcome & Program Overview

by Moderator- Mr. Shiva Susarla, Founder, Circular Cities Asia

  • Keynote Presentations

    • Singapore Green Building Master Plan - by Mr Ang Kian Seng, Group Director, Environmental Sustainability Group at Building and Construction Authority

    • Digitalization towards Sustainability- by Mr. Vijay Gupta, CEO, SoftTech Engineers Limited

  • The Launch

  • BtrLyf Presentation & Platform Demo

    • Mr Nilesh Jadhav, CEO & Mr Girish RV, Head- Technical, Qi Square Pte Ltd

  • Technical Presentations

    • Solution to Reduce Carbon Emissions & Deliver IAQ- by Dr Pornput Jarumongkonsak (Joe), CTO, SCG Cement-Building Materials Company Limited

    • Digitalization & Data Challenges- by Mr Mahesh Kumar, Programme Director, EcoLabs Centre of Innovation (COI) for Energy, Singapore

  • Offers & Prizes Announcement

Below are the winners of the launch lucky draw

$50 Vouchers:

🎁 Jyoti Dora

🎁 Paresh Jadhav

🎁 Mahesh Kumar

🎁 Albert Tan

🎁 John Zapanta

🎁 Milind Chavan

🎁 Hemant Khadse

🎁 Takemasa, Yuichi

$100 vouchers:

🎁 Muthukrishnan Kalyanasundaram

🎁 Sarvesh Kaushik

🎁 Devansh Jain

🎁 Avinash Hebbur Anantharam

🎁 Takemasa, Yuichi

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