Building Green and Sustainable

ISSUE #60 – Since 1828, the Bureau Veritas Group has consistently built recognised expertise, helping clients comply with standards and regulations relating to quality, health and safety, environment and social responsibility.

The group’s network of regional and local offices manages client relationship and delivers a comprehensive range of services including inspection, testing, auditing, certification, ship classification and related technical assistance, training and outsourcing.

Bureau Veritas deploys multidisciplinary skills from over 66,000 employees in 1,330 offices and laboratories worldwide. It proposes the most appropriate solutions, for specific or general concerns: voluntary or mandatory certifications based on national, international, sector-based or business-specific standards; conformity assessment of all products, services, processes, equipment or organisations (testing, inspections, audits); training courses tailored to clients’ needs; technical studies and consulting to help companies improve their performance and reduce risk.

 

The building and construction sector is responsible for 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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Awareness of the need to protect the environment has never been greater than it is today. This subject cuts across all societies and businesses. The real estate sector is no different because designing, building and operating buildings reflect how natural resources are consumed.

Ultimately, all developments have an impact on the natural environment. It is important to understand that the building and construction sector is responsible for 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and it becomes essential for all stakeholders to overcome this.

WHAT MAKES BUILDINGS GREEN

The development of green buildings – the result of sustainable design and construction methodologies – has grown in importance, especially as a professional practice. It is about increasing the efficiency within buildings improving the use of energy, water, and materials, and reducing the building’s impact on human health and the environment.

Over decades, Bureau Veritas has accumulated experience in applying rigorous processes and in-house expertise in design review, inspection and testing to deliver tailored solutions for clients.

As a result, it has become the foremost global leader in testing, inspection and certification for the construction industry.

Bureau Veritas now uses this expertise in Singapore and further in the region, leading the way in providing green building conformity services in countries like China, India and SEA nations.

Bureau Veritas sees its “Green Building” approach as one comprising four building practices:

 

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Driven by the goal to help organisations meet more stringent regulations while meeting the higher performance expectations from end users, Bureau Veritas today provides clients with a comprehensive range of services on green building issues, project management assistance, accredited checking, site supervision, periodic site inspections, condition assessments, etc.

At the highest levels, Bureau Veritas provides Green Business Certification and Green Ratings, which put our clients in the top league in terms of testing, inspection and certification around the world.

GLOBAL GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION

Through its alliance with Green Business Certification, the certification body for the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) programme, Bureau Veritas teams now review projects for conformity to strict standards for certification.

With LEED already seen as the foremost programme for the certification of design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings, the alliance enables Bureau Veritas to entrench itself as the leading conformity assessment service provider in the building and infrastructure industry in the region.

THE GREEN RATING ALLIANCE

An equally important part of Bureau Veritas’ “Green Building” strategy is to deliver on the highest sustainability practices for the construction industry. We have done this by being a founding participant in the Green Rating Alliance (www.green-rating.com).

In 2011, Bureau Veritas – alongside 10 other real estate global leaders – launched a cross-border measurement and methodology on sustainability performance of existing buildings: the Green Rating Alliance is critical because it focuses on how existing buildings are operated and maintained.

While the various green building certifications ensure and certify the sustainability of a construction during its “CAPEX” phase (cost of acquiring or upgrading physical assets), the Green Rating approach applies to the “OPEX” stage (ongoing operating costs) and addresses how its “green sustainability” can be improved by working on certain variables of the building lifecycle.

Bureau Veritas approaches Green Rating with a specifically designed audit methodology that involves the use of tangible and measurable indicators like energy, carbon, transport, water, waste, and well-being. The building is assessed on four levels:

 

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Bureau Veritas is well placed to provide verification of conformity services in the ecologically sensitive construction industry and considers Singapore an optimal playground to consolidate its sustainable footprint in Asia.

Indeed, the country’s public and private sectors have demonstrated high sensitivity towards sustainable development.

 

 

By Pedro Teixeira, General Manager at Singapore-based CKM Consultants, part of the Bureau Veritas Group

 

 

Article published in the FOCUS Magazine “Green Power” – Issue #2 2016