Singapore Has Greened 43% Of Its Buildings
SINGAPORE – Property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) revealed that the city-state’s government has transformed 43 percent of its structures into eco-friendly buildings, reported The Business Times on Monday morning (28 February, SGT).
According to JLL’s Research Director for Work Dynamics for Asia Pacific, Kamya Miglani, this amount is already over half of Singapore’s target, and the local corporate sector has aligned with the government’s net-zero objectives.
Notably, green buildings in the city-state are certified via the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Scheme, where green building products and materials are certified by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC).
BCA stated that a green building is one that is deemed resource-efficient and environmentally responsible throughout its entire life-cycle – from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. The SGBC also added that green buildings are increasingly taking into consideration the health and well-being of its occupants.
Miglani noted that the Green Mark scheme emphasises on power and water conservation through a combination of design and technology. The scheme is now recognised and widely utilised across the Asia Pacific region.
Moreover, Singapore’s green ambitions have received a boost after the announcement of the latest Budget earlier this month, which outlined an “80-80-80 in 2030” target by 2030.
Under the latest iteration of the Green Building masterplan, the country targets to green 80 percent of its buildings by gross floor area by 2030. It also targets that 80 percent of new projects by gross floor area would be super low energy buildings by then. Lastly, it targets to attain 80 percent per cent improvement in energy efficiency for best-in-class green buildings during that year.
“The goal is an ambitious one, and will need full public, private and people partnership to achieve it,” noted Charles Lim, leader for South-east Asia at Johnson Controls.