Singapore Commercial Building Energy Use Slows

SingaporeThe Singapore Building and Construction Authority has published the second edition of its commercial building bench marking report.

The report includes two-year’s worth of data from 1,018 buildings. The top level findings, according to Eco-Business, are that energy performance improved last year compared to 2013 as measured by the average Energy Use per unit GFA, which was 4.6 percent. The study found that people within the buildings were as responsible for energy use decisions as the owners. This points to the importance of occupant buy-in in conservation efforts.

Buildings certified with the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Scheme used less electricity. The savings reductions were as much as 15 percent in EUI for offices and 10 percent for retail buildings. The next report will include tertiary institutions and health care facilities in its next report.

There is considerable concern about energy in Singapore. The BCA and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are building a 132 square meter lab atop BCA’s six story building on Braddell Road, according to AsiaOne. The $4.5 million BCA SkyLab will cost $4.5 million will rotate to enable exposure to sunlight all day. The lab, which will develop and test green technology, is expected to be finished during the first half of next year.

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