Case of the month - Singapore

JUNE 2012

 2nd Green Building Masterplan
 Singapore Government and Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA)

2009  (1st Green Building Masterplan - 2006)
Territorial scope

Target buildings  




Public buildings

 New buildings    

Private buildings
 Existing buildings
 Industrial, services, etc.

Main Targets by 2030

    • Achieving 80% of the buildings in Singapore with the BCA Green
      Mark Certified rating;
    • Energy efficiency gains of at least 25-35%.

The Singapore government first took the lead to promote environmental sustainability in buildings in 2005 by launching the BCA Green Mark Scheme. This green building rating system was developed and managed by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), and form the work basis of Singapore's 1st Green Building Masterplan presented in 2006.

In continuity of the national future sustainability strategies, BCA launched the 2nd Green Building Masterplan in 2009, a roadmap that sets out specific key initiatives to achieve a truly sustainable built environment in Singapore by 2030.

The key initiatives encompassed in the 2nd Green Building Masterplan are following:

1. A package of measures focused in the public sector - All larger new air-conditioned public buildings should achieve Green Mark Platinum rating; Land sales conditions for key growth areas to achieve higher Green Mark ratings; and a government requiring for all public existing buildings to achieve Green Mark Gold PLUS standard by 2020.While the high Green Mark rating is voluntary for the private sector, it is mandatory for all new and existing public buildings.

2. A set of measures devoted to spurring the private sector - launching a new Green Mark Gross Floor Area (GM GFA); Incentive Scheme for new buildings and reconstruction private projects that earn higher-tier Green Mark awards; Introduction of a S$100 million Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings (GMIS-EB) to encourage private building owners to achieve significant retrofits in energy efficiency improvements; and a S$20 million Green Mark Incentive Scheme for New Private and Public Buildings (GMIS-NB).

3. Joint measures related to the development of Green Building Technology - BCA is developing two parallel strategies, one related to Zero Energy Building project platform to testbed and showcase new technologies and designs for the built environment, and the other one, is the BCA collaboration with suitable partners to embark on R&D and pilot projects that can lead to even greater energy savings of 50% or more.

4. Actions to develop the building industry's capabilities - Development of a training framework related to executive, academic and specialization training programmes to reinforce the capabilities of 18,000 green specialists at the PMET (Professional, Manager, Executive and Technician) level over the next 10 years.

5. Highlight the Singapore international position in the green building market by profiling as a hub for green building development in the region, by launching international conferences, Zero Energy Building projects, and generate greater international awareness of Singapore's iconic Green Mark projects with the Green Mark Tours.

6. Require minimum standards for energy consumption in several categories of existent buildings. Under the BCA Green Mark Scheme, buildings are assessed for energy and water efficiency, environmental protection, indoor environmental quality, and other green and innovative features that contribute to better building performance.