Considering the fact that building structures are responsible for more than 20 per cent of Singapore’s carbon emissions, the addition of more green buildings is a valuable component of the nation’s climate change mitigation strategy.

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) will be facilitating this effort by devising a masterplan for green buildings, along with other initiatives, according to Minister of State for National Development and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad.

He told Parliament March 4 that industry transformation efforts are not limited to enhancing productivity, and that the city must be remade to address climate change.

Zaqy summoned stakeholders to work together to devise the Singapore Green Building Masterplan over the following several months.

Aside from traditional industry stakeholders, like trade associations and chambers, the BCA and SGBC intend to enlist tenants, house buyers, the youth and environmental activists in the project.

A main initiative under consideration is to promote the building of energy-efficient structures, with the intention of elevating the minimum energy performance standards; an act set to reduce emissions and benefit building owners as long as their structures stand.

He also said that the BCA Green Mark certification standards, which acknowledge environmentally friendly buildings, will be reviewed.

Another initiative is to facilitate more intensive transparency in building energy performance.

Nearly 80 per cent of commercial building owners voluntarily reveal their structure’s name and address as well as their energy performance info, published by the BCA each year. Zagy’s goal is to identify all building structures when printing the data, so the top-performing buildings will act as role models to encourage other people to enhance their own energy efficiency performance.