Building Renovation Singapore
Building renovation in Singapore is now all about going green, with sustainable structures suited for this tropical climate the target.
If you don’t think you’ll have to make sure your building is energy and water efficient, made from eco-friendly materials, integrated with green spaces and boasting an healthy indoor environment, you must not be from here.
Welcome to Singapore, by the way. Forget about cutting corners.
This being Singapore, the greening of buildings is a top-down initiative from the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development (iMCSD).
To achieve its goal of having 80 per cent of buildings in Singapore certified green by 2030, the Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) has laid out its guidelines and launched specific initiatives to steer the building and construction industry.
This includes the setting up for the Singapore Green Building Council, the first industry-led organization to champion green building awareness some, in 2009.
GOING GREEN TO SAVE GREEN
Building renovation technology is the biggest growth area within the industry not just in Singapore but around the world. There is a growing demand for renovators and builders who are sensitive to the environment and are familiar with sustainable design principles.
In Singapore, diplomas in sustainable urban design and green building energy management, to name a few, have been rolled out in the polytechnics in the past decade. The BCA Academy itself offers two diplomas in green building technology.
Right now, the BCA only works with developers erecting new buildings, and has only issued guidelines for office renovations to meet its Green Mark criteria, but the guidelines should extend to building renovations in due course, in order to meet its 80 per cent target by 2030.
The Singapore Green Building Council has also grown and evolved into a powerful advocate that has put the Republic on the global map, most recently with the Singapore delegation standing out at the Paris climate change talks.
For building owners, environmental deals are secondary to the bottom line, but given Singapore’s green push and 2030 target, it makes good financial sense to get your building up to code rather than be forced to retrofit in five years’ time.
Sustainable green buildings also deliver savings in time with lower costs in the long-run, particularly with cooling systems a major drain in this climate.