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Singapore Ramps Up Energy Efficient Buildings.

Publicado por FAMASE el 03/03/2014 (ENG)


 



Climate change has been a hot topic globally for the last two decades. Worldwide, the building sector is one which has a big bearing on climate change. This is especially so for Singapore, being a highly urbanized and densely built up city where buildings consume 30% of the total electricity generated there. Singapore has always been a strong proponent in this area, with initiatives targeting different aspects that impact the cause, such as water and energy conservation, clean technologies development, and sustainable waste solutions. As a small city-state with no natural resources, it is imperative to balance environmental sustainability with economic development.BCAsingapore Singapore Ramps Up Energy Efficient Buildings



Hence, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) there launched the Green Mark Scheme in 2005, a yardstick that rates environmental sustainability of buildings in the tropics, to drive Singapore’s built environment industry towards more environmentally friendly buildings. It is intended to promote sustainability in the built environment and raise environmental awareness among all stakeholders when they start project conceptualization and design as well as during construction. As a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development of the Singapore Government, the role of BCA is to develop and regulate the building and construction industry in Singapore.



In 2006, BCA rolled out the first Green Building Masterplan with a set of policy levers and incentives to push for more new buildings to be greened. Following its success, the second Green Building Masterplan was launched in 2009 to deal with the huge stock of existing buildings. The emphasis was placed on existing buildings, with an ambitious goal of greening 80% of Singapore’s building stock by 2030.BCAGreen Mark 300x300 Singapore Ramps Up Energy Efficient Buildings



Today, 1,830 of Singapore’s buildings are rated under the Green Mark Scheme, translating to 52.1 million square meters (approx. 560 million square feet) of Gross Floor Area (GFA), which makes up about 22% of Singapore’s total GFA. The BCA Green Mark scheme has also proven popular in overseas markets, with 230 projects Green Mark certified in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, and India, and even as far as Saudi Arabia and Tanzania.



To give a greater push for energy efficiency in existing buildings and to improve Singapore’s energy security, productivity, and growth, landmark legislation for energy efficiency which took effect on January 2, 2014 was introduced to mandate minimum environmental sustainability standards for existing buildings. Buildings retrofitting their air conditioning systems must meet minimum energy efficiency standards. For water cooled chilled water plant, the minimum efficiency of 0.85 kilowatts (kW) per refrigeration tons (RT) and 0.75kW/RT must be achieved for building cooling load less than 500RT and more than/equal to 500RT respectively. ...more info and original published by TFM


 

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