The MEM Seminar Series 2004/2005
Session 1 – Green Mark for Buildings by Mr Lee Ting
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
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
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
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
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
Green Mark for Buildings -
Mr Lee Ting Sung, Manager
(Certification), Technology Development Division,
Building and Construction
Mr Rajiv Ratnarajah, Resident
Architect, National Library Board Singapore