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In the continuing push for Singapore's urban environment to be more eco-friendly, authorities will roll out new schemes to reward environmentally-conscious organisations under its third Green Building Masterplan.
SINGAPORE: In the continuing push for the country's urban environment to be more eco-friendly, Singapore authorities will roll out new schemes to reward more environmentally-conscious organisations.
Healthcare firms occupying office spaces are among those in various sectors that the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) may target in introducing new “Green Mark” certifications.
This is part of an initiative by BCA to focus on engaging building tenants in its eco-friendly drive under its third Green Building Masterplan, which will be finalised and released later this year.
Key initiatives under BCA’s second Green Building Masterplan, which was launched in 2009, have already been achieved -- keeping on track Singapore’s target of 'greening' 80 per cent of its buildings by 2030.
BCA's second masterplan had focused on making existing buildings eco-friendly through retrofitting.
Now, its third masterplan will call on building occupants to introduce 'green' measures, with possibly the reward of more office space for businesses.
Hence, existing "Green Mark" schemes that currently certify shops, restaurants and supermarkets as environmentally-conscious, will be expanded to cover more businesses.
John Keung, the chief executive officer of BCA, said: "If you look at a typical building, say an office building, 50 per cent of the energy consumption comes from the tenant, the user.
"So we are working on this idea of getting more users to be involved in keeping the space green."
BCA’s third masterplan also calls for greater collaboration and engagement with stakeholders, which means not just industry players, but also the greater community.
The plan is for individuals to be more involved in sustainable development.
In addition, the masterplan will see more effort put into developing industry skills and competencies, technology adoption and grooming of 'green specialists'.
It will also place greater emphasis on monitoring and verifying building energy performance and introducing carbon emissions reduction strategies.
The Economic Development Board is also bringing together developers, consultants and building technology and materials providers to work on enabling eco-friendly buildings and cities of the future.
The research done will help find possible solutions for 'greening' buildings that can be tested or used in actual building projects.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who opened the International Green Building Conference on Wednesday, said: "The magnitude and complexity of the issues posed by climate change require a multi-disciplinary response at both the systems level and also for specific solutions.
“For example, we need mechanical and electrical engineers to develop and deploy innovative energy-efficient solutions in buildings."
To give professional recognition to those who excel in their field, a Chartered Engineer programme has also been launched at the inaugural World Engineers Summit 2013.
The scheme endorses the skills and competencies of engineers as a form of quality mark, and is administered by the Institution of Engineers Singapore.
Engineers come under the chartered programme through independent peer review.
The scheme will be rolled out first to the aerospace, chemical, environmental and marine and systems fields of engineering.