A number of Asian cities made it to the top 10 of Global Cities for Green Building, according to a recent white paper released by Solidiance, a management consultancy firm focused on Asia. These cities – Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Beijing, and Shanghai – show great potentials to become the next green building hub, especially in the area of the tropical green building practices.

The white paper assesses a number of global cities using a certain type of methodology which consists of three categories focusing on the green building stock, performance and initiatives, while another one category focuses on the city’s green initiatives and performance.

Source : The Top 10 of Global Cities for Green Building by Solidiance

The Top 10 Global Cities for Green Building white paper revealed that Paris comes as the 1st winner of the ranking, whilst Singapore comes as Asia’s top performer that follows Paris as a runner up. Tokyo and Hong Kong scored the fifth and sixth positions in the ranking.

Singapore – along with Paris – excel in every category and take the top spot by excelling in all four assessments. This partly proves that both local and international certification standards used in these cities continue to yield high-performance on green buildings.

According to the paper, on the other hand, Singapore shows a higher rate of total number of green building projects or certification applications submitted in the city, with the total of 2,339 compare with the total number of 456 in Paris.

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Source : The Top 10 of Global Cities for Green Building by Solidiance

Singapore is also the second lowest in terms of carbon emissions reduction in commercial and residential buildings, with Paris remains as a leader as seen on the graph below.Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 22.54.03

Source : The Top 10 of Global Cities for Green Building by Solidiance

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Three Asian cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore scores the highest percentage on the Government roles towards green building codes and target assessment.

Terri Wills, the CEO of the World Green Building Council admits that the target for 80 per cent of Singapore’s buildings to achieve BCA Green Mark standards by 2030 is ambitious – but achievable, with the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) to play a key role in meeting the goals.

The benchmarking and disclosure may be giving the greatest impacts. Other cities are looking at financing incentives, such Energy Saving Promotion scheme and tax incentives program in Tokyo, as well as Building Retrofit Energy Efficiency Financing (BREEFS) scheme financing programme in Singapore.

Vincent Cheng, Director of Building Sustainability at ARUP added that Tokyo and Singapore are two progressive Asian cities in terms of green building development. Tokyo has this unique cap-and-trade programme covering even large-scale office buildings which aim to controls carbon emissions at the source. Singapore on the other hand, has mandated energy efficiency standards and energy audits for existing buildings and provided financial incentives for the update.

Aside from the noteworthy development of green buildings across the region, Asian cities still have room for growth. Moreover, an effort to implement and promote the green building trend in Asia has the potential to produce large energy savings and make polluted cities more habitable, while partially mitigating the impacts of global warming.


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