Singapore Green Building Council & CDL join forces to create greener, healthier offices

Thursday 16th March 2017


Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and City Developments Limited (CDL), a member of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, joined forces earlier this week to host a first-of-its-kind session to promote greener, healthier and more productive offices.

More than 100 building tenants and occupants from CDL’s office properties attended the inaugural Better Places for People Tenant Engagement Session, held at CDL’s Tower Club, in Singapore, on Monday.

The session included a number of expert speakers on topics such as enhancing indoor air quality, improving lighting and instilling recycling practices.

CDL also invited one of its tenants, British Council, to share its experiences of working in a green office. From the temperature to personalised lighting controls, the tenants extolled the virtues of working in a healthy workplace and how it contributes to improved staff morale and lower absenteeism rates.

Mr Chia Ngiang Hong, President of SGBC, said: “Buildings are part and parcel of everyday life, and all Singaporeans spend the bulk of the workday in their offices. Therefore, it is imperative for office tenants and occupants to have an adequate understanding of how green building can help them to have a more conducive, productive time in the office.”

Ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer at CDL, added: “As one of Singapore’s largest landlords and in line with our ethos of ‘Conserving as we Construct’, CDL has always strongly believed in actively engaging tenants and occupants in adopting sustainable practices. This not only helps them to achieve utility savings and lowers their carbon footprint but also enhances wellbeing and productivity.”

CDL has launched several green initiatives to influence its tenants. Under the CDL Green Lease Partnership Programme launched in 2014, CDL has introduced an electricity rebate for tenants who attain savings over their energy bill, a digital monitoring portal to help them keep track of their energy usage, and a dedicated team of CDL Green Lease Ambassadors to advise them on how to ‘green fit-out’ their premises.

SGBC will be organising more tenant engagement sessions to raise awareness of green buildings and to create better workplaces for people over the coming months.

For further information on WorldGBC’s Better Places for People project, click here.