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Creating green buildings with smart cooling, efficient grids

Jovi Ho
Jovi Ho8/11/2022 02:51 PM GMT+08  • 8 min read
Creating green buildings with smart cooling, efficient grids
With the help of over 1,000 sq m of rooftop solar panels, the refurbished DBS Newton Green is projected to save at least 580 MWh of energy per year. Photo: Albert Chua/The Edge Singapore
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As a label, “green buildings” may be a misnomer. Many people associate sustainable developments with biophilic exteriors, like the vines that enshroud Oasia Hotel Downtown, the dense foliage covering Park Royal Pickering, or sky gardens, such as the three-storey Green Oasis at CapitaSpring.

In reality, green buildings involve more than just incorporating plants. Ironically, the best way to be green is by not building at all.

According to the World Green Building Council, embodied carbon accounts for 11% of global carbon emissions. In Singapore, embodied carbon could constitute up to 40% of emissions due to shorter building lifespans here.

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