Wednesday, April 4, 2012

S'pore council building up the green dream

Straits Times: Wed, Apr 04
THE green building movement was once the preserve of tree huggers and other eco-warriors, but it is now a significant sector in its own right and one being embraced by developers and government institutions here.


Apart from the environmental benefits and long-term cost savings for developers, the growth of sustainable construction will help Singapore establish itself as a hub for these types of building solutions.


A key element in that ambition is the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), which promotes green design, practices and technologies.


Green buildings are designed to make more efficient use of energy, water and other resources, and so lessen the impact on our health and the environment.


It is an industry that is growing quickly. The global green building materials market is projected to reach US$406 billion (S$509 billion) by 2015, with Asia-Pacific tipped to be the fastest growing market in coming years.


The SGBC will be instrumental in helping Singapore, already an early adopter of green building policies, play an important role in the region...

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