Singapore to Raise Energy-Efficiency Standards for Buildings

9 August 2010 (Last Updated August 9th, 2010 18:30)

All new buildings in Singapore will have to comply with a higher Green Mark standard to save an additional 10% of their energy, according to a green building initiative by the government. The new regulations by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) are due to be enforced from Dec

All new buildings in Singapore will have to comply with a higher Green Mark standard to save an additional 10% of their energy, according to a green building initiative by the government.

The new regulations by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) are due to be enforced from December this year and are expected to reduce carbon emissions.

The standards for other Green Mark levels such as Gold, GoldPlus and Platinum will also be raised, BCA said.

The owners will be encouraged to integrate natural ventilation into a building and will have to install energy efficient air-conditioning systems along with monitoring devices.

According to BCA's green building master plan, 80% of all buildings in Singapore should be Green Mark certified by 2030.

A S$600m fund has been provided by the government to provide building owners incentives for incorporating green standards, according to eco-business.com.