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SGBC-BCA Zero Capital Partnership Scheme


Smaller building owners may not have the capital and technical expertise necessary to implement energy efficient retrofit projects on their own, deterring them from greening their buildings for greater efficiency and reaping substantial cost savings.

The SGBC-BCA Zero Capital Partnership Scheme (ZCPS) addresses these critical concerns by providing the building owner with the expertise of an SGBS1 accredited energy performance contracting (EPC) firm. The EPC firm serves as a one-stop solution for both minor and major retrofit options, can provide financing options and also facilitate the application of relevant grants or incentive schemes to fund the retrofit works.

Through the Scheme, the building owner can work with a proven EPC firm achieve greater energy efficiency with zero capital outlay.


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Addressing the two main sources of energy consumption

In May 2016, the ZCPS was launched to cover chiller plant retrofits. In September 2017, the Scheme has been expanded to also cover lighting retrofits, lighting being the second heaviest consumer of energy in buildings. 

The Scheme first identifies and accredits lighting retrofit firms that are able to provide lighting-related energy efficiency retrofit solutions with financing options, including leveraging on BCA incentive schemes, for zero capital outlay. Essentially, building owners and occupants do not have to pay for the retrofit works.

Similar to the SGBC-BCA Zero Capital Partnership Scheme for Chiller Plant Retrofits category, the Scheme will help building owners, tenants and occupiers to tap on the proven technical expertise of such accredited lighting retrofit firms to carry out lighting-related energy efficiency works without any upfront financial expenditure.

Through the Scheme, buildings and premises will be able to ease into lighting retrofit arrangements for greater energy efficiency.

Scope of Work 

The ZCPS firm can perform the following:

  • Conduct an energy audit and propose retrofit and optimisation solutions.
  • Finance the retrofit works and/or assist building owners to obtain relevant grants2
  • Apply for and facilitate the assessment process for Green Mark scheme certification.


 Relevant Grants

Building owners can tap on the following grants through the SGBC-BCA Zero Capital Partnership Scheme:



Interested building owners can approach any of the firms participating in the SGBC-BCA Zero Capital Partnership Scheme as listed below:

For Chiller Plant Retrofits




1Singapore Green Building Services labelling scheme
2GMIS-EB Health Check, GMIS-EBP and BREEF