The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and BCA have extended the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between them for three more years, to 2017. Their collaboration in setting up the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings (BCA CSB) has been of mutual benefit.
The BCA CSB is the first centre collaborating with UNEP in Asia, and one of the few such centres in the world. This partnership is an endorsement of Singapore’s leadership and efforts to drive sustainable development.
This year, BCA CSB’s various workshops to share best practices and train the trainer attracted many participants from our region, including policy-makers, academics and practitioners.
BCA CSB has also documented BCA’s experience of retrofitting an existing building at the BCA Academy into a Zero Energy Building – a first in South East Asia, raising awareness about sustainable building developments.
In Singapore, the building sector uses up one third of our total electricity supply. When the BCA Green Mark scheme was launched in 2005, there were only 17 green building projects. Today, it has grown to over 2,100 projects, and represents the greening of more than one quarter of Singapore’s total gross floor area. Much has been achieved, but much more still needs to be done.
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