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$5 million Green Mark Incentive Scheme - Design Prototype (GMIS-DP)

Background

Since its launch in January 2005, the BCA Green Mark Scheme has been the main lever to drive the adoption of sustainable green building design and practices in the building sector. With much recognition and support from the industry, it has become the national yardstick to rate the environmental performance of a building. It is also now a qualifying standard for determining the eligibility and grant quantum under the various green building related incentive programmes.

In line with the government�s commitment to reduce the energy intensity for the building sector, BCA has enhanced its framework for greater energy and resource efficiency in building developments with the revised BCA Green Mark Criteria for New Buildings (Version 4.0) which came into effect in 1 Dec 2010. Greater emphasis is also placed on passive design strategies to encourage better resource-efficient design and practices.

Best practices that result in most high performance, energy efficient buildings adopt a collaborative design process right from day one, allowing the entire project team to come together, understand one another�s requirements early and optimize the design with in-depth simulation studies. To encourage such practices and push for even higher energy efficiency improvement, BCA introduced a $5 million Green Mark Incentive Scheme � Design Prototype (GMIS � DP).


Objective

The Green Mark Incentive Scheme - Design Prototype (GMIS - DP) aims to encourage developers and building owners to strive for greater energy efficiency in buildings by placing more emphasis at the design stage. The scheme provides funding support for the engagement of Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) consultants to conduct collaborative design workshops and assist in simulation studies early in the project to achieve a breakthrough and optimal design for green buildings.

(Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) consultants have a thorough understanding of the integrated design approach, implementing energy efficient measures in buildings and performing in-depth computer simulation for buildings.)


Effective Date

The extended Green Mark Incentive Scheme - Design Prototype is effective from 1 December 2014 and will expire four years later or when the fund is fully committed, whichever is earlier. Participation in the scheme will depend on the type of development and the approach proposed by the applicant.


Eligibility

The potential development should be in its preliminary concept design stage and target to achieve beyond Green Mark Platinum , demonstrating energy savings of at least 40% better than the current base code or equivalent.

With effect from 1 May 2013, new applications will need to meet a new pre-requisite of Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) target for different building types, as shown in the Table below.

Type of development EEI Target (kWh/m2/yr)
Office 150
Retail 280
Mixed Development 180
Hotel 200
Institutional 140

Certification for Green Mark Platinum must be obtained with verification of the energy savings via energy modeling. This must be done according to the energy modeling methodology and requirements set out in the latest BCA Green Mark Certification Standard for New Building

For the complete eligibility criteria and detailed information of the Green Mark Incentive Scheme - Design Prototype, please refer to the application guidelines (79KB, .pdf).

Potential applicants who are interested in the Green Mark Incentive Scheme - Design Prototype are advised to discuss their project proposals with BCA Officer(s) before making a formal application given the challenging targets. BCA will assess the eligibility of the project and thereafter, applicants can submit a formal application (60KB, .pdf).


Disbursement Process

With effect from 1 May 2013, new applications will subject to the disbursement schedule as follows:

Supportable Cost Disbursement Stage Proposed Disbursement Amount Milestone
Design Workshop Fees / Simulation Studies 1st disbursement 40% of funding amount

Upon acceptance of the design workshop report / simulation report by BCA and commitment by developer / building owner to proceed

After meeting the pre-requisites & one year in operation to meet targets set. The disbursement quantum is as follows:

2nd disbursement Nil

Achieve < 35% energy savings

15% of funding amount

Achieve = 35-38% energy savings

30% of funding amount

Achieve = 38-40% energy savings

60% of funding amount

Achieve = 40% energy savings


Application Guidelines & Form


Frequently Asked Questions

About the fund

1. What is the purpose of the Green Mark Incentive Scheme-Design Prototype?

2. Who is eligible for the Green Mark Incentive Scheme- Design Prototype?

3. Will one still be eligible for the scheme if it has obtained other funding from BCA or other public agencies?

4. In what way is the Green Mark Incentive Scheme-Design Prototype different from other incentive schemes?

Eligibility

5. Who is eligible for the fund?

6. What is "major retrofitting"?

7. What are the pre-requisites to be eligible for the fund?

8. How is the 40% energy savings demonstrated?

Funding

9. What is the funding support level?

10. Is GST supported?

11. How will funds be disbursed?

12.How does one apply for the fund?

About the fund

1. What is the purpose of the Green Mark Incentive Scheme-Design Prototype?

The Green Mark Incentive Scheme-Design Prototype aims to encourage the building industry to emphasise efforts early at the design stage by engaging in a collaborative design process and conducting in-depth simulation and modeling to explore greater opportunities that could lead to a breakthrough in design for a high performance building.

2. Who is eligible for the Green Mark Incentive Scheme- Design Prototype?

The incentive scheme is applicable to developers and building owners of new developments, both private and public, and existing buildings intending to undergo major retrofitting works with Gross Floor Area (GFA) of at least 2,000 square metres.

3. Will one still be eligible for the scheme if it has obtained other funding from BCA or other public agencies?

The development must not have obtained similar funding from BCA or other public agencies. However, the development can still be eligible for the Green Mark Gross Floor Area Incentive Scheme if applicable.

4. In what way is the Green Mark Incentive Scheme-Design Prototype different from other incentive schemes?

The incentive scheme is targeted at the key decision maker of any development -- the developer or building owner where energy efficiency goals can be established early at the design stage. Environmentally Sustainable Design consultants can then invest greater resources and expand their suite of design-related capabilities towards designing better performing buildings.


Eligibility

5. Who is eligible for the fund?

The incentive scheme is applicable to developers and building owners of new private/ public developments and those intending to undergo major retrofitting works on existing buildings committed to achieve the challenging targets. Typically, developments that are energy intensive have greater potential for energy savings through better design.

6. What is "major retrofitting"?

Major retrofitting is defined as work involving major overhauling of air conditioning system and significant modification to the building facade along with other building services.

7. What are the pre-requisites to be eligible for the fund?

Please see the Application Guidelines (79KB, .pdf) for more information.

8. How is the 40% energy savings demonstrated?

The simulation results derived must be in line with the framework for energy modeling and demonstrate at least 40% savings in annual energy consumption compared to the Reference Model. Please refer to the Energy Modeling Methodology and Requirements in the latest document of the BCA Green Mark Certification Standard for New Building.


Funding

9. What is the funding support level?

Funding support is up to 70% of the qualifying costs or S$600,000.00, whichever is lower.

10. Is GST supported?

Singapore GST incurred from e.g. professional services is supported.

11. How will funds be disbursed?

Disbursement of funds will be made on a reimbursement basis i.e. the company can only be reimbursed for expenses that have actually been incurred.

12.How does one apply for the fund?

Applicants are advised to discuss their project proposals with BCA Officer(s) prior to making a formal application. Applications can only be made through prescribed forms (60KB, .pdf).


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