Did you know? As Singapore is a highly urbanised island state, buildings account for over 20% of the nation’s carbon emissions. Greening the Built Environment is hence an important part of Singapore’s climate change mitigation strategy.
What BCA is doing to promote green buildings
A green building is a building that, in its design, construction and operation, reduces or eliminates negative impact. It can also create positive impact on our climate.
Green buildings provide many benefits to building occupants, such as reduced usage of energy and water, improved ventilation and indoor air quality, which can lead to better health and wellbeing.
Under the 'Energy Reset' pillar of the Singapore Green Plan, the Singapore Green Building Masterplan (SGBMP) captures our collective commitment to pursue more ambitious sustainability standards in our Built Environment. Our national target is to have at least 80% of buildings in Singapore to be green by 2030. To create a greener built environment in Singapore, we have in place regulation as well as schemes and programmes as listed below.
The Building Control (Environmental Sustainability) Regulations requires a minimum environmental sustainability standard for new buildings and existing buildings. Find out more about the various regulatory requirements:
Green Mark Certification
To recognise and encourage efforts in greening buildings, BCA launched the Green Mark certification scheme in 2005. It is a framework to assess the overall environmental performance, such as energy usage, of new and existing buildings. You can find out if the building you are in is green mark certified with the Green Mark Directory.
SGBC-BCA-Leadership in Sustainability Awards
We also recognise outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability in the built environment with the SGBC-BCA Leadership in Sustainability Awards.
BCA-SGBC Behavioural Change Programme
A programme developed by BCA and the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) to help building occupants and end-users adopt sustainable habits and reduce environmental impact. Interested organisations can find out more information at Sustainability in Singapore.