Accolades given for green buildings | 16 September 2014
A raft of new buildings in Singapore that meet specific green standards have been recognised under an annual award scheme run by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
The awards indicate that a structure has met the BCA’s Green Mark Rating, and the honour has been bestowed this year on several eco-friendly projects, according to commercialguru.com.sg.
Eight entities were identified by the BCA as having attained the highest green credentials, including Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore and Keppel Land. In addition to winning a glass plaque (made from recycled materials, naturally) to reward their gold level environmental standards, the businesses will each be considered BCA Green Mark Champions.
These awards coincide with the announcement of a new ‘green technologies’ guide by a consortium headed up by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). The Pre-Project Innovation Consortium (PPIC) has been designed to assist both local and international bodies that wish to test green building technologies.
A number of expert organisations will be contributing to the guide, out-law.com writes, which the EBD hopes will “accelerate the building innovation cycle and enable Singapore to lead the commercialisation of green building technologies customised for the tropical climate”.
Together with students from the (award-winning) National University of Singapore, research and investment will be provided by property developer Land Lease, DP Architects and engineering consultancy Beca. The students, who hail from the university’s Departments of Architecture and Building and School of Design and Environment, will be attempting to develop “commercially viable green building solutions for the future”.
The BCA emphasises the importance of the PPIC guide as a means of reinforcing best practice at the earliest stages of the construction process, in order to create high performance and cost-efficient green buildings – ones that might one day be similarly recognised with an award.
Speaking about the 2014 awards, BCA Chief Executive Officer, John Keung, said: “The plaque allows building owners to prominently display the BCA Green Mark Rating awarded to a project. This will help users and visitors to distinguish the higher performing buildings.
“It is also a way of recognising the developer’s achievement in building and operating a sustainable property.
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