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FOREWORDBUILDING A GREENER TOMORROWIn 2005, the Singapore Government embarked on the green building movement by launching the BCA Green Mark scheme. The BCA Green Mark scheme, a leading green building rating system in the tropics and sub-tropics, serves as a benchmark for evaluating environmental sustainability in buildings. It also formed the backbone for Singapore’s first Green Building Masterplan developed in 2006 to encourage, enable and engage industry stakeholders to adopt new green buildings.The second Green Building Masterplan was launched in 2009 to tie in with the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development (IMCSD)’s report on Sustainable Singapore. The focus then shifted to greening the large existing building stock in order to achieve the key target in the IMCSD report of having “at least 80% of the buildings in Singapore to be green by 2030”. With the two Masterplans in place, the green building momentum spearheaded by BCA took off in Singapore and achieved much...