Friday, October 30, 2009

BCA giving Green Mark awards for cluster devts

THE Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has added another category to its Green Mark certification – it is now giving Green Mark awards for cluster developments.

The first two projects certified under the new BCA Green Mark for Districts scheme – Resorts World Sentosa and NUS University Town – have been lauded for maximising sustainability by integrating green concepts into their master planning and building design.

NUS University Town and Resorts World Sentosa have achieved the second-highest Green Mark rating of GoldPlus.

Resorts World Sentosa will feature Singapore’s largest solar power installation, capable of generating more than 500,000 kWh of energy a year – equivalent to the power consumption of 108 typical four-room flats. Other green features include an eco-lagoon and underground tanks to collect and store stormwater to irrigate landscaped areas.

NUS University Town, being built on rolling terrain with lush natural greenery, was lauded for adopting sustainable design principles that preserve the existing habitat.

‘The BCA Green Mark for Districts is a pilot scheme to promote and recognise environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in the design and implementation of precinct or district developments,’ BCA said.

Earlier this year, it expanded the Green Mark scheme to offer certifications in three more categories – infrastructure, office interiors and landed houses. Previously, the scheme was only offered to buildings.

Source: Business Times, 30 Oct 2009

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