• Light-coloured paint helps to reflect the sun’s heat away from the building, so less energy is needed to cool it. This explains why so many of our flats are white!

• You may have seen labels on your household appliances with tick marks – this is the Tick Rating that tells you how energy-efficient the devices are. There is a similar rating system for buildings – the Green Mark Scheme. Developers who make an effort to build green buildings may win a Green Mark for those buildings!

• Green buildings are good not only for the environmen­t, but also for people. Being around greenery helps to reduce stress and is said to improve productivi­ty and creativity.

• Singapore’s very first Green Building is the National Library at Victoria Street.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Singapore