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.