Singapore : Building’s part in green fight

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that buildings contribute as much as a third of total global green house gas emissions and accounts for 32 percent of total energy used, so it is fair to say that buildings present a huge opportunity for tackling climate change.

According to a spokesman from Singapore’s Building and Construction Association (BCA), buildings play a significant role in consuming the nation’s electricity. Improving energy efficiency in building design and reducing energy consumption while operating the building are a few ways to help reduce carbon emission. The UNEP added that technology can also cut energy consumption in buildings by up to 80 per cent.

Investing in R&D can reduce emissions even further. One of BCA’s initiatives to promote the Research and Development sector is to build a BCA SkyLab, a rotatable laboratory for energy efficient technology testing and development.

Up until January of this year, Singapore has almost 2,600 buildings and more than 76 million sqm of gross floor area certified green by the BCA. By 2030, the government aims to green at least 80 per cent of total gross floor area of the city buildings.

BCA has three Green Building Masterplans over the past decade with initiatives targeted at new buildings, existing buildings and end-users aimed to achieve BCA’s sustainability target. Innovation and further energy savings through green building technologies will be the next step, uttered BCA’s spokesman, which will focus on various R&D efforts over the coming years.

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