The MEM Seminar Series 2004/2005



Session 1 – Green Mark for Buildings by Mr Lee Ting Sung

With growing global concern on sustainability - there has been an increasing interest in “green buildings” worldwide – buildings which incorporate environment-friendly design and construction practices.  A green building rating system will be a key driver to encourage developers, building owners, designers and contractors to adopt environment-friendly practices when they start project conceptualisation, design and construction.  

Countries such as US,
UK and Australia have introduced similar green buildings programme while Asia, Korea and Japan are also in the process of promoting the adoption of environment-friendly buildings.  These schemes evaluate a building in several common areas – energy efficiency, water efficiency, land use, site management, conservation of materials, indoor environmental quality and environmental protection.

The presentation will outline the Green Mark for Buildings recently launched by the Building and Construction Authority as a key programme to raise awareness of environment-friendly buildings among the industry in
Singapore.  Features and potential impact of the Green Mark will be discussed. The presentation will also include a look at the strategic programme which BCA has in place to address sustainability in the construction industry including promotion of precast construction, implementation of ISO14000 for the industry and environment-related R&D projects.


Seesion 2: Green Mark for the New National Library Building by Mr Rajiv Ratnarajah

The design intention of the New National Library (NLB) is to provide for a state-of-the-art and innovative library for the tropics that will be an icon for the region..  It will be a cultural facility and a unique enjoyable civic place for Singapore, reflecting its multicultural heritage and aspirations to be a leaning and cultural nation.


The presentation would entail a brief introduction of the NLB project, focusing on the ”green ideas” and “green thinking” behind its design, development processes and implementation. The 5 key areas of the Green Mark criteria will be examined in relation to the various environment-related  ideas that the architect and project team conceived from the onset and the presentation will illustrate how these ideas evolved during the project implementation.  


About the speakers

Mr Lee Ting Sung is the Manager (Certification) in the Technology Development Division of the Building and Construction Authority.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural) and is a qualified lead auditor for ISO14000 Environmental Management System, ISO9000 Quality Management System and OHSAS18000 Occupational Health and Safety Management System.  

He has been involved in management systems certification including ISO14000 Environmental Management System, ISO9000 and OHSAS18000 for the construction industry.  As well as in the development of the green building assessment system for Singapore – the Green Mark - and its present implementation.

Mr Rajiv Ratnarajah is the resident architect of the new National Library Building in, Singapore. He is directly involved in the application of green ideas and green thinking behind its design, development processes and implementation.

Mr Ratnarajah has a Bachelor of Architecture [Honours 1], University of New South Wales, Australia and currently in the second year of the M.Sc [Environmental Management] programme of the National University of Singapore.



Seminar on


Green Mark for Buildings -

 Promoting Environment-Friendly Buildings






Mr Lee Ting Sung, Manager (Certification), Technology Development Division,

Building and Construction Authority




Mr Rajiv Ratnarajah, Resident Architect, National Library Board Singapore


Friday 18 March 2005

6.00pm – 8.00pm

Executive Room 5

SDE 2 Level 3


All Are Welcome


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