This voluntary scheme evaluates a building for its environmental impact and performance by providing a comprehensive framework for assessing the overall environmental performance of both new and existing buildings in areas such as energy efficiency.
For new buildings, developers and design teams are encouraged to design and construct green, sustainable buildings which are more climate-responsive, energy- and resource-efficient, and have healthier indoor environments.
For existing buildings, the owners and operators are encouraged to reduce the adverse impacts of their buildings on the environment and occupant health over the building’s life cycle.
The scheme also recognises the role of building users in reducing energy consumption. For instance, there are BCA Green Mark schemes specifically for office interior, retail, restaurant and supermarkets. These schemes encourage businesses to design and operate their interior spaces to be more resource-efficient in their day-to-day operations and enhance the wellbeing of occupants.
As part of the public sector’s commitment to take the lead in environmental sustainability, all major new and existing public sector buildings are designed to the highest Green Mark standard (i.e. Platinum).
As of January 2018, about 3,200 building projects in Singapore have met the BCA Green Mark standards. These cover more than 94 million sqm, which is around one-third of the total gross floor area of Singapore’s building stock. The BCA Green Mark Buildings Directory can be viewed here.
Find out more about the scheme here.