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LEGISLATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY FOR BUILDINGS

BACKGROUND

As Singapore aspires to be a leading global city in environmental sustainability, there is scope to further improve on energy efficiency requirements in buildings, to address the impact of climate change. While the focus on energy efficiency remains important, a more holistic approach was taken to encourage environmental friendliness in buildings to ensure that environmental quality and comfort are not compromised. Among other initiatives, BCA has enhanced the Building Control Act and put in place the Building Control (Environmental Sustainability) Regulations, to require a minimum environmental sustainability standard that is equivalent to the Green Mark Certified Level for new buildings and existing ones that undergo major retrofitting. This regulation took effect from 15 Apr 2008. Projects that are submitted for URA planning permission on or after 15 Apr 2008 will be subject to this requirement.

SCOPE AND DETAILS

The Building Control (Environmental Sustainability) Regulations 2008 will apply to :

  • All new building works with gross floor area of 2000 m2 or more ;
  • Additions or extensions to existing buildings which involve increasing gross floor area of the existing buildings by 2000 m2 or more;
  • Building works which involve major retrofitting to existing buildings with gross floor area of 2000 m2 or more.

Alteration to existing buildings which does not involve major retrofitting works is not subject to this requirement.

The requirements on environmental sustainability of buildings are integrated with the building plan process. The qualified person who submits the building plan and the other appropriate practitioners will be responsible for assessing and scoring the building works under their charge using the criteria and scoring methodology spelled out in the Code.

The compliance with the respective environmental sustainability standards will be based on the first submission date for URA planning permission as stated in the table below.

1st submission date for URA planning permission

Compliance Standard

From 15 Apr 2008 to 30 Nov 2010

Code for Environmental Sustainability for  Buildings, 1st Edition, Apr 2008 issue

From 1 Dec 2010 to 14 Jan 2013

Code for Environmental Sustainability for  Buildings, 2nd Edition, Aug 2010 issue

From 15 Jan 2013 and onwards

Code for Environmental Sustainability for  Buildings, 3rd Edition, Oct 2012 issue

 

Here are the administrative details

Green Mark (GM) e-Filing System
For submission in compliance with BC (Environmental Sustainability) Regulations 2008
GM submission at BP stage

For Projects with 1st submission date to URA planning permission on or after 15 Jan 2013

Green Mark score calculations for residential buildings

Green Mark score calculations for non-residential buildings


Green Mark score calculations for non-residential- Transit Stations
Note : These forms are to be generated from Green Mark (GM) e-filing system.

For Projects with 1st submission date to URA planning permission from 1st Dec 2010 to 14 Jan 2013

Green Mark score calculations for residential buildings

Green Mark score calculations for non-residential buildings

Note : These forms are to be generated from Green Mark (GM) e-filing system.

For Projects with 1st submission date to URA planning permission from
15 Apr 2008 to
30 Nov 2010

Green Mark score calculations for residential buildings

Green Mark score calculations for non-residential buildings

Note : These forms are to be generated from Green Mark (GM) e-filing system.

As-built GM submission before TOP stage

For Projects with 1st submission date to URA planning permission on or after 15 Jan 2013

As-built Green Mark score calculations for residential buildings

As-built Green Mark score calculations for non-residential buildings



As-built Green Mark score calculations for non-residential- Transit Station
Note : These forms are to be generated from Green Mark (GM) e-filing system.

For Projects with 1st submission date to URA planning permission from 1st Dec 2010 to 14 Jan 2013

As-built Green Mark score calculations for residential buildings

As-built Green Mark score calculations for non-residential buildings

Note : These forms are to be generated from Green Mark (GM) e-filing system.
For Projects with 1st submission date to URA planning permission from
15 Apr 2008 to
30 Nov 2010
As-built Green Mark score calculations for residential buildings

As-built Green Mark score calculations for non-residential buildings

Note : These forms are to be generated from Green Mark (GM) e-filing system.

For Projects with building cooling system

Submission of Air Conditioning System Information
Note : This form is to be used and e-signed by Appropriate Practitioner (PE(Mech) and to be submitted along with Green Mark Score calculation.

 

MANDATORY HIGHER GREEN MARK STANDARD FOR GOVERNMENT LAND SALES SITES IN SELECTED STRATEGIC AREAS

To maximise the potential for cost-effective energy savings in our built environment, it was announced in BCA’s 2nd Green Building Masterplan in 2009 that projects developed on land sold under the Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme sites in the selected strategic areas will be subject to higher Green Mark Standards.

 

SCOPE AND DETAILS

This requirement will apply to buildings works related to any building on land sold on or after 5 May 2010 under the Government Land Sales Programme in selected strategic areas. The building works subject to this requirement are to be designed to meet the prescribed Green Mark Certification as shown in the following table.

Selected Strategic Areas
Exact Location to refer to the Building Control (Environmental Sustainability ) Regulations 2008

Requirements for building wholly or partly within area that is on land sold under the Government Land Sales Programme
Marina Bay Green Mark Platinum Rating

Downtown Core – including areas within the CBD located next to Marina Bay

Green Mark GoldPlus Rating
Jurong Lake District Green Mark GoldPlus Rating
Kallang Riverside Green Mark GoldPlus Rating
Paya Lebar Central Green Mark GoldPlus Rating

 

For building works that are subject to this requirement, the qualified person and appropriate practitioners need not submit their declarations of the Green Mark scores along with the building plan submission. Instead, the qualified person should ensure that, prior to the building plan submission, an application is made to BCA for the project to be assessed certified under the certification standards approved by the Commissioner of Building Control. Upon completion of the building works, the qualified person should submit the Green Mark Certificate showing the Green Mark Certification rating achieved for the project along with his application for a temporary occupation permit (TOP) or certificate of statutory completion (CSC). It is important to note that the prescribed Green Mark Certification rating for the building has to be obtained before a TOP/ CSC can be granted.

The compliance with the respective certification standards will be based on the tender award letter issued by URA to the successful developer under the Government Land Sales (GLS) programmes for the selected strategic areas and as stated in the table below.

Date of Tender Award/Land Sold under the GLS programmes

Compliance Standard

From 5 May 2010 to 30 Nov 2010

BCA Green Mark Certification Standards for New Building, GM Version 3.0, May 2010 issue

From 1 Dec 2010 to 14 Jan 2013

BCA Green Mark Certification Standards for New Building, GM Version 4.0, Aug 2010 issue

From 15 Jan 2013 and onwards

BCA Green Mark Certification Standards for New Building, GM Version 4.1, Oct 2012 issue



Link to more info on BCA Green Mark Scheme :
http://bca.gov.sg/GreenMark/green_mark_buildings.html

Link to the application form for certification :
http://www.bca.gov.sg/GreenMark/others/Form.pdf

 

Clarifications

For any queries pertaining to the new requirements, please contact our officers :

Subject matter

Name

Email

Contact No.

Projects under GLS / BP Submission requirement

BP Hotline

bca_enquiry @bca.gov.sg

63257159

Green Mark Related /Submission requirement

 

Grace Cheok

grace_cheok-chan@bca.gov.sg

63257588

Yew Wey Ling

yew_wey_ling@bca.gov.sg

63255072

Green Mark e-Filing System

Polly Chiam

polly_chiam@bca.gov.sg

63255026