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The new Green Mark for Healthcare Facilities Scheme targets the high energy demands of hospitals and other healthcare facilities but unlike other schemes this one also focuses on air quality.
SINGAPORE : The Building and Construction Authority is building the financial case for green buildings, after a BCA study of 40 retrofitted commercial buildings in Singapore showed energy savings of S$24 million a year.
The study's findings were announced on Friday morning at a CEO breakfast meeting along with the launch of a new Green Mark for Healthcare Facilities Scheme.
The initiative targets the high energy demands of hospitals and other healthcare facilities but unlike other schemes this one also focuses on air quality.
BCA CEO, John Keung, said: "In a typical Green Mark scheme, indoor environmental quality takes a rather small percentage of the whole scoring system. For this healthcare scheme under our Green Mark certification, we're going to raise this weightage a few times just to make sure the indoor environmental quality is excellent."
This latest scheme is part of the government's goal of greening 80 percent of Singapore's buildings by 2030.
The BCA said more than 20 percent of the buildings in Singapore are already there.
Mr Keung said there is a strong financial incentive to keep the momentum going.
The BCA study of 40 retrofitted commercial buildings showed an energy savings of 90 gigawatt hours, the equivalent of S$24 million in savings a year.
Mr Keung added: "With this kind of improvement in energy efficiency and actually coming down to savings in costs, in running the building, it does enhance the value of your asset and that's important for building owners and developers."
The next goal on the agenda is roping in the public to help kick-start a change in energy consumption at the grassroots level.
Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said: "As much as architects and engineers can design individual buildings to be more energy efficient, actual energy consumption still boils down to how all of us, as tenants and occupants of built environments, behave."
This is something the BCA and government is focusing on as it works on a green building blueprint for the next decade.