About the Green Building Masterplan
The launch of the BCA Green Mark scheme in 2005 formed the backbone of Singapore’s first Green Building Masterplan, which encouraged, enabled and engaged industry stakeholders in adopting new green buildings. The Green Building Masterplan, which was first rolled out in 2006, has also been continually updated since its inception. The first edition targeted new buildings, to encourage developers to embed sustainability as part of a building’s life cycle from the onset. As the Built Environment sector began to embrace the idea of sustainable buildings, BCA expanded its reach to target the greening of the larger stock of existing buildings and engage building occupants to change their energy consumption behaviour. The target is to have “at least 80% of buildings (by floor area) in Singapore to be green by 2030”.
BCA also launched the Super Low Energy (SLE) Building programme in 2018 to encourage firms to go beyond the existing Green Mark Platinum standards and push the envelope of environmental sustainability in Singapore.
Singapore Green Building Masterplan (SGBMP)
BCA and the Singapore Green Building Council* have worked together to develop the next edition of the SGBMP together with industry stakeholders and the community. The SGBMP captures our collective commitment to pursue more ambitious sustainability standards in our Built Environment. The SGBMP is part of the Singapore Green Plan 2030.
* The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) enables sustainability across the building and construction value chain, championing capability development and innovative solutions that support industry transformation through their members, certification and outreach programmes. The repository of proven green building solutions helps to enable green procurement in the industry, profiling leading and innovative solutions that go towards building a greener, healthier built environment. Together with a growing pool of members across the built-environment value chain and industry-recognised Green Mark Accredited Professionals, SGBC addresses every touchpoint of the green building ecosystem.
The SGBMP aims to deliver three key targets of “80-80-80 in 2030”.
1) Stepping up the pace to green 80% of our buildings by 2030
- The earlier editions of the Green Building Masterplan had set a target of greening 80% of Singapore’s buildings (by gross floor area, GFA) by 2030. As of end 2020, 43% of Singapore’s buildings have been greened.
- To step up the greening of buildings, BCA will identify all buildings in the building energy performance data that it publishes, starting with commercial buildings in the second half of 2021. Owners of existing buildings will be able to benchmark their buildings’ energy performance against similar building types and take the necessary steps to improve energy performance.
- In order to future-proof our building stock, BCA will also raise the mandatory environmental sustainability standards for new buildings and existing buildings that undergo major retrofit. This includes raising minimum energy performance requirements and introducing mandatory sustainable construction practices. These steps will help lower the carbon footprint of our buildings. These changes will take effect starting from 1 December 2021.
- BCA has updated the Green Mark scheme to raise energy performance standards and place greater emphasis on other important sustainability outcomes such as designing for maintainability, reducing embodied carbon across a building's life cycle, and creating healthier environments for building users. The Green Mark 2021 scheme is aligned with the United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals.
2) 80% of new developments by GFA to be Super Low Energy (SLE) buildings from 2030
- Since 2006, the public sector has been taking the lead on environmental sustainability by requiring new public sector buildings to attain Green Mark certification, including Green Mark Platinum for new buildings with air-conditioned area exceeding 5,000 sqm.
- Under the GreenGov.SG initiative, the Government will take the lead in bringing Super Low Energy buildings into the mainstream. All new and existing buildings (upon major retrofit) are to achieve Green Mark Platinum Super Low Energy standards or equivalent, where feasible. BCA will also be exploring further measures to drive adoption of Super Low Energy buildings in the private sector.
- BCA, together with industry associations and agencies, have developed a new Super Low Energy standard for residential buildings, as part of Green Mark 2021. This new standard will be awarded to best-in-class energy performing residential buildings that achieve at least 60% improvement in energy efficiency over 2005 levels and help us to achieve our 2nd target for SGBMP.
3) Achieving 80% improvement in energy efficiency for best-in-class green buildings by 2030
- Today, best-in-class buildings are able to achieve more than 65% improvement in energy efficiency over 2005 levels.
- BCA aims to raise this figure to 80% by 2030 through the Green Buildings Innovation Cluster (GBIC) programme. Established in 2014, GBIC supports the development and deployment of green building solutions with high potential to be widely adopted. GBIC has supported more than 60 innovative technologies to date, and BCA is looking into enhancing funding support for the programme.
These initiatives will help us transit to a more sustainable, low-carbon Built Environment.