22-Nov-2012 - Visitors from Estonia


Visitors from Estonia!



On a late Thursday morning, we received a very special group of visitors from Estonia - a beautiful country situated in the Northern part of Europe, bordering estonia_ecoRussia and Latvia - at our Eco-Green Building. These visitors, from the Estonian Waste Management Association, were in Singapore for a week, with plans to visit waste management companies to exchange experiences, gain new insights and find new cooperation partners in managing and recycling waste.


estonia_3guysWith those objectives in mind, the EWMA wrote in to make an appointment to tour our Eco-Green Building, the first building in the region - if not the world - to be constructed using concrete containing up to 100% Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA). The building was awarded BCA's Green Mark (Platinum) Award in 2010. Due to our focus on sustainable construction and emphasis on applied research - which distinguishes us from universities as well as construction companies - the EWMA was very keen to tour our research lab and see the new things that we were cooking up in it.


estonia_asphaltThe first part of the tour saw our Executive Engineer, Mr. Lim Wee Fong, take the visitors around the R&D Centre, explaining the major green initiatives that Samwoh had carried out, before proceeding further in to talk about new developments that were still in the research process. The visitors were impressed by the lab equipment that we had, as they were a demonstration of our commitment and investment in pioneering sustainable construction in Singapore. They were also very interested in the green initiatives that we had successfully implemented, as evidenced by the rapt attention and many questions they had for Mr. Lim.


Finally, the tour ended off with a walk down memory lane, as the visitors learnt about Samwoh's beginnings and how the company grew over the years to become what it is today. The tour leader for the EWMA then presented us with special chocolates from Estonia, as a token of appreciation. It was a fruitful and enjoyable day for both Samwoh and EWMA, as we had gained new insights for potential research avenues and ventures in our discussions.


1st Note: The Estonian Waste Management Association (EWMA) is the umbrella organisation for 35 private waste management companies all over Estonia. The members of EWMA are companies which collect municipal waste, treat hazardous waste, product compost and recovered fuels, recycle construction and demolition waste etc.
2nd Note: The Samwoh Eco-Green Building, since its official opening on 22 March 2010, has welcomed visitors from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. To date, we have had close to 5,000 visitors to our building, learning about our green initiatives and what other things we are doing in order to attain our dream of sustainable construction in Singapore. The Samwoh Eco-Green Park is open to the public for educational visits and tours. Interested parties can always contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.