16 Sep '11, 12pm

Green buildings: An all-rounded approach

Green buildings: An all-rounded approach

UNEP's draft guidelines for tropical eco-buildings are a step toward a more well-rounded sustainable building industry. Image: UNEP Experts on the final day of a green building conference hosted in Singapore said on Friday that the key to successfully green a building – existing or new-built – is an all-rounded approach which considers all factors of a building’s operation. Deputy chief executive for industry development Lam Siew Wah of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) told participants at a plenary session that issues concerning existing buildings are not just technical, “there are also human issues, business issues.” Mr Lam highlighted three aspects that he said would need to be further addressed going forward: Firstly, ways for landlords and tenants to work together, such as green leases and other incentives. Secondly, reducing a building’s energy l...

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