The Building and Construction Authority (BCA), a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development, leads the national efforts to green the built environment. BCA introduced the Green Mark Scheme in 2005, as a tool to rate the environmental performance of buildings in the tropics.

In 2008, an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development (IMCSD) formed to formulate a national strategy for Singapore’s sustainable development in the context of emerging domestic and global challenges, set a target for Singapore to have at least 80% of the buildings achieve the BCA Green Mark Certified rating by 2030.

To drive the industry towards this target, BCA rolled out a host of initiatives such as the Green Mark Incentive Schemes as well as training programmes at the BCA Academy to build capabilities in the design, operation and maintenance of green buildings.