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BCA releases ‘green’ guidelines for landlords, tenants

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has released environmentally-friendly guidelines for landlords and tenants that can be adapted as part of a Green Lease agreement.

SINGAPORE: The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has released environmentally-friendly guidelines for landlords and tenants that can be adapted as part of a Green Lease agreement.

A Green Lease agreement ensures that the landlords and tenants list down their commitments to, for example, cut energy use.

All tenants at 313@Somerset in Orchard Road are bound by a Green Lease agreement.

The Green Lease agreement formed part of the leasing contract when the mall opened in 2009.

It commits both parties to improve energy-saving practices and for the landlord to provide resources to encourage tenants to adopt energy-efficient equipment and materials.

Building owner Lend Lease said initial challenges include engaging the tenants and changing their mindsets.

Tenants in its other malls -- Jem in Jurong East and Parkway Parade in Marine Parade -- are also on Green Lease.

Thirukumaran Jallendra, head of Sustainability (Asia) at Lend Lease, said: “We have a team of retail design managers and a centre management team who will work with them, who will share with them our guidelines and take them through the process, make them understand what works, what doesn't work.

“From our assessment of all three malls, we're averaging something between 20 and 30 per cent of energy savings on a monthly basis. So that's how much tenants tend to save if they comply with the requirements that we set out for them."

Speaking at the opening of the Green Building Exhibition on Friday (June 20), Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Ms Grace Fu also said that two new Government Land Sales sites -- in Woodlands Regional Centre and Punggol -- will have to meet BCA Green Mark Gold Plus standards. 

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