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Title: Materials and resources in the built environment - a focus on Singapore's green building industry
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
Uma Maheswaran
2011/2012 PFM
Issue Date: 8-Jun-2012
Citation: HAN HUIPIN (2012-06-08). Materials and resources in the built environment - a focus on Singapore's green building industry. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Rebuilding our infrastructures every 35 to 50 years is fast becoming a trend in the 21st century. Reasons could be that these structures were poorly designed or constructed and have achieved the end of their service life. Such a phenomenon will result in a detrimental effect on our environment with materials going to waste. However, this effect can be alleviated by engaging in Sustainable Construction where buildings are designed to optimize the use of materials and resources (M&R). A Green Building Rating System (GBRS), such as the BCA Green Mark Scheme (Green Mark), helps consumers to determine the environmental performance of a building. Credits are awarded for green features in categories such as energy efficiency, water efficiency and building materials. This paper is based on the hypothesis that even though GBRS is capable of moving the construction industry towards Sustainable Construction by influencing the designs and decisions made by design professionals, there is a lack of emphasis on the use of building materials in Green Mark thus impeding the progress of the industry. As such, the main objectives of this research are to illustrate the differences in the weightage of the M&R category in various GBRS, which originate from different countries, and examine how the M&R category in Green Mark can be improved to move the local industry towards Sustainable Construction. A questionnaire survey conducted showed that Green Mark is widely known in Singapore, but the elements in the M&R category are not used extensively in building projects. Also, cost is perceived as the greatest hurdle in the pursuit towards Sustainable Construction. Results showed that design professionals would be encouraged to employ green building design if mandated by regulations. In addition, a case study on the Samwoh Eco-Green Building was done to highlight its effort in sustainability and determine the effectiveness of the M&R category in Green Mark. Based on the survey results, case study and, the findings from the literature review, the areas of improvement in the M&R category of Green Mark are highlighted. These improvements are expected to drive the industry towards Sustainable Construction.
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