BCA CSB Publication
Leading the Way to Net Zero, 2009 – 2014: Inside SE Asia’s First Retrofitted Zero Energy Building
This is the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings’ (BCA CSB) second publication, titled Leading the Way to Net Zero, 2009-2014: Inside SE Asia’s First Retrofitted Zero Energy Building. In line with the Centre’s key focus areas, we seek to raise awareness and facilitate knowledge transfer of sustainable buildings by showcasing this pioneering Zero Energy Building, or ZEB. In this publication, we have consolidated information on the development of ZEB, highlighting the principles used to guide the design of the building, as well as the difficulties of this undertaking. Likewise, we gathered information on the operation of ZEB, to illuminate the relevant issues and challenges faced to maintain net zero energy. Members from key parties such as NUS, DP Architects and Beca Carter were also invited to share their side of the story. Their valuable insights and experiences are featured throughout this publication.
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Using Less, Getting More: An Overview of Building Energy Efficiency Initiatives in SE Asia Region
The BCA CSB publication is officially launched and released at the Sustainable Building 2013 (SB13) Singapore Conference, Marina Bay Sands, on 9 September 2013. The BCA CSB publication is titled “Using Less, Getting More: An Overview of Building Energy Efficiency Initiatives in SE Asia Region”. The title reflects the intent of the publication, which is to provide an overview of building sector energy efficiency policies, initiatives and activities that are in place in seven countries in the Southeast Asian region. The phrase “Using Less, Getting More” also underpins the rationale for adopting energy efficiency in the sector; at the same time, it adds a creative touch to the title, making it more appealing to potential readers.
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Nine State-of-Play Reports
The Regional Study is a joint effort by BCA CSB and UNEP-SBCI, which aims to provide an overview of the policies and initiatives put in place by respective Southeast Asian countries in promoting the development of sustainable buildings, in particular the aspect of energy efficiency. The nine countries focused under this study include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
There are two phases under this study. The first phase includes the state-of-play reports for the nine countries and the second phase involves the development of analytical Regional Status Report (RSR).
The state-of-play reports for the nine countries were put together through in-depth studies done via intensive desktop research and inputs from the country delegates. The nine reports profile the existing sustainable building policies in energy efficiency, in each of the country, according to the four category classification of policy instruments developed by UNEP-SBCI [source UNEP-SBCI publication: “Assessment of Policy Instruments for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Buildings”, 2007]. The four categories are:
- Category 1 : Regulatory Instruments
- Category 2 : Fiscal Instruments
- Category 3 : Market-based Instruments
- Category 4 : Voluntary Instruments