Local players can set the trend for green buildings
Channel NewsAsia reported that local players in the property sector can play a bigger role in setting the trend for green buildings.
There is a growing trend for property developers and owners to have green buildings, and this is mainly due to some help from the government. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) launched the Green Mark Scheme in January 2005 to promote green buildings which incorporate best practices in energy and water efficiency, site and project management, indoor environmental quality, and environmental innovations. The Green Mark rates the buildings and gives them ratings such as Platinum, Gold Plus, Gold and Certified. The incentives and recognition have thus encouraged the development of more green buildings.
However, some experts say that there could be a lack of expertise that are able to develop a true green building that takes into account the entire building development process such as building design, material use, green installations, and end-of-life material recycling. This is where local players in the property sector can play a bigger role and set a trend for such green buildings by providing complete and holistic services.
- SGBC Green Building Conference 2010 and WorldGBC International Congress 2010
- Committee of Supply Debate 2010: Green Building Policies under the Ministry of National Development
- China’s Ecocities
- Red Dot Goes Green
- Green Buildings Asia – Discover Developments and Opportunities for Green Buildings and Sustainable Architecture in Asia