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About Green Building

Find out what makes a green building green and how it factors into national and global climate aspirations.


Do you know what is a green building?

A green building generally refers to a building that is resource-efficient and environmentally responsible throughout its life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.

Increasingly, green buildings also take occupant health factors into consideration, focusing on ensuring that the indoor environment quality supports occupants’ comfort and wellbeing. In Singapore, green buildings are certiifed through the Green Mark Scheme, administered by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). SGBC certifies green building products and materials that play a complementary role to the national green building rating tool.

Find out more about the BCA Green Mark Scheme here.

Find out more about the Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) certification scheme:

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What is Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)?

These occur during situations in which building occupants experience health and comfort symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, eye, nose and throat irritation etc that appear to be linked to time spent in the building and which lessen after leaving the building.

How do Green Buildings benefit us?

A majority of us spend more time inside buildings than we think: whether at home, at work, and in schools.  Green design attributes of buildings and indoor environments can improve work productivity and occupant health and well-being, resulting in bottom line benefits for businesses. For instance, reducing pollutant sources such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and having better ventilation rates to keep carbon dioxide levels similar to outdoor levels can help to reduce Sick Building Syndrome significantly, up to 70-85%. 

Read more: https://www.worldgbc.org/what-green-building