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Title: IMPACTS OF BCA CERTIFICATION COURSE FOR GREEN MARK FACILITIES MANAGERS ON GREEN RETROFITTING AND MANAGEMENT OF EXISTING BUILDINGS
Authors: LUONG NGUYEN ANH TUAN
Keywords: Building
PFM
Projects and Facilities Management
Lee Siew Eang
2012/2013 PFM
Issue Date: 29-May-2013
Citation: LUONG NGUYEN ANH TUAN (2013-05-29). IMPACTS OF BCA CERTIFICATION COURSE FOR GREEN MARK FACILITIES MANAGERS ON GREEN RETROFITTING AND MANAGEMENT OF EXISTING BUILDINGS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The target of greening at least 80% of all buildings by 2030 is clear evidence that the trend in the future of Singapore is sustainability movement. In Singapore, there is a large stock of existing buildings. Green retrofitting and management of existing buildings are not a new topic. This issue has been discussed for a few years. However, there is a lack of qualified facilities managers possessing knowledge, skills, and experience in implementing greening retrofitting and management of existing buildings. This research aims to study the impacts of the BCA Certification Course for Green Mark Facilities Managers on helping the local facilities managers to green and manage existing buildings. These impacts are assessed based on the differences in the number of green initiatives, green proposals, awareness of facilities managers on importance of five key green categories (Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Sustainable Operation and Management, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Other Green Features), and ranking of the five difficulties (Lack of Knowledge, Lack of Tools, Lack of Senior Management Commitment, Financial Constraints, Time Constraint) between before and after facilities managers take the course. There are five hypotheses made in this research. First, there is no difference in the number of green initiatives done by facilities managers after taking the course. Second, there is no difference in the number of green proposals submitted by facilities managers after taking the course. Third, there is no difference in facilities manager’s rating on the importance of five key categories in greening and managing existing buildings. Four, there is no difference in facilities manager’s rating on the extent each of five difficulties hinders green retrofitting of existing buildings. Last but not least, there is no difference in the ranking of five difficulties faced by facilities managers after taking the course. The objectives were achieved through studying the data collected from 55 facilities managers, who have completed the course. Online survey was used to collect data on the number of green initiatives, green proposals, rating on the importance of five key green categories, and rating on the extent in which five difficulties hinder green retrofitting of existing buildings. There are two sets of data: before and after facilities managers take the course. Data analysis, which mainly focuses on Paired Sample T-test, was done with the help of SPSS. Charts and Statistics Tables are used for better representation. Even though the study was carefully designed and there were 55 facilities managers responding to the survey, it does not mean that the sample size is big enough to represent the population of facilities managers, who have completed the course. Also, due to the time constraint, the validity of data collected has been neglected. The findings of this study revealed that there is an increase in the number of green initiatives, green proposals, and facilities manager’s awareness on the importance of five key categories in greening and managing existing buildings after they take the course. Also, there are differences in facilities manager’s rating on the extent in which Lack of Knowledge and Lack of Tools hinder green retrofitting of existing buildings after taking the course. Finally, the findings showed that the ranking of five difficulties faced by facilities managers is completely changed after taking the course.
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