Guide To The Singapore BCA Green Mark For Office Interiors
Singapore is all-in with sustainability. The city recently launched its first ever sustainability academy which will serve as a sustainability learning and collaboration hub.
The Lion City has a strong track record when it comes to promoting green efforts. Back in 2005, the government launched the Green Mark Scheme to advocate building sustainability. Then in 2009, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) established the Green Mark for Office Interiors scheme. Its goal? To promote the use of environmentally friendly features and sustainable practices for office tenants.
Companies that apply for the Green Mark scheme must go through a specific assessment and below we explain how En-trak can help you gain points.
What is the BCA Green Mark for Office Interiors
You can find all the information you need on the assessment & key people to contact on the BCA website. Here, we will just focus on the essential:
What are the evaluation criteria and pre-requisites
What are the benefits of Green Mark Office
Evaluation criteria and pre-requisites
There are multiple areas to focus on for getting the Green Mark for Office Interiors. Energy efficiency, of course, is one. Water efficiency plays a part too along with sustainable management and operation. Last but not least, the BCA looks at the indoor environmental quality and other green features.
In order to be eligible, the office's temperature setting should not be lower than 24 degrees Celsius (or 75 degrees Fahrenheit). IAQ (Indoor environment Air Quality) is a must too.
If you want to go through the process and obtain the different standards - platinum, gold plus, gold, and certified - you will have to ensure the comfort of office tenants/ building occupants by monitoring a good indoor air quality and conduct audits once every three years at least.
There are many benefits to being certified Green Mark Office.
1. It saves you money in utilities bills
When you start measuring your energy efficiency, you'll soon realize that you waste a lot. For instance, a global oil and gas company with offices in Singapore started to automate data collection and managed to cut facility energy use by 18% in 2 months with En-trak.
One quick win for your company is to ensure that employees turn off their computers at night.
2. It creates an environment that is both functional and comfortable
There are a couple of benefits to having a greener office. Better air quality means more comfort and employee satisfaction. Employees are more demanding now - they want remote work, and they want to enjoy the time they spend at work.
3. It improves worker's productivity
You can't claim to have a green office simply because of the Green Mark scheme. You need people to change, and to do so, you must involve your whole team. Let them be aware of the initiatives you are taking, and what they need to do to play a part in it.
Going for the Green Mark and being open about it creates a culture in the office that drives your whole company forward.
En-trak and the Green Mark for Office Interior
A combination of En-trak two enterprise solutions provides 7 points for Green Mark Office Interior assessments. That's 14% of the points required for basic certification and 9% of the points required for Gold certification.
Electricity usage with En-trak Energy for Business
Provision of sub-meter to monitor electricity use of each floor: 1 point
Monitoring of electricity consumption: 1 point
Lighting controls with En-trak Smart Lighting
Zoning of lighting for different usage/ locations: 1 point
Scheduling control to switch on and/or off the lighting with some localized override control where lighting is needed beyond the scheduled period: 1 point
Minimize use of general lighting level by using task lighting: 1 point
Lighting Quality with En-trak Smart Lighting
Controllability of lighting system (at least 90% of occupants able to adjust lighting control to suit their task needs and preference): 2 points
2019 Update: We have since made significant progress in our solutions that could help further for fulfilling the requirement of Green Mark for Office Interior, get in touch and tell us what we can help!
En-trak is an award-winning PropTech IoT company backed by Alibaba and CLP. We design and sell cloud-based solutions to help enterprises manage and optimize their energy consumption. Our flagship solution En-trak™ Energy enables users to know where, when and how they are using energy in real-time.
With continuous monitoring and advanced analytics, we’ve helped over 350+ world-class clients including Hong Kong Stock Exchange, National Environmental Agency, and Fuji Xerox achieve their sustainability goals. We’ve also recently launched our brand-new, patented En-trak™ Smart Lighting solution designed to help companies and building owners to automate and optimize their office lights.