Friday, July 27, 2012

Reported in Channel News Asia and Mediacorp radio - Up to S$3m funding to improve energy efficiency of buildings

By Alice Chia | Posted: 26 July 2012 1538 hrs
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1215852/1/.html

Developers and building owners can expect more funding from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

Under the enhanced Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings, BCA will co-fund up to 50 per cent or S$3 million of the cost of building projects.

This includes the purchase of energy-efficient equipment, such as chillers and LED lightings, the installation of the equipment and consultancy fees.

Previously, the scheme co-funded up to 35 per cent or S$1.5 million of the cost of energy-efficient equipment only. 

To be eligible for the funding, one criteria applicants must meet is the Green Mark standard, a yardstick to rate the environmental sustainability of buildings in the tropics.

Owners who plan to retrofit their buildings to Green Mark Platinum standard can receive the maximum amount of funding. 

Buildings rated with Green Mark GoldPlus can receive up to S$2.25 million co-funding, up from the previous S$0.5 million and those rated with Green Mark Gold can receive up to S$1.5 million, up from the previous S$0.15 million.

The S$100 million scheme was launched in 2009.


Personal Opinion: Kudos to our BCA for encouraging buildings to go green by offering tangible support. Building owners should grab the availability of funding from BCA and lower your building operating cost !

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Take Ownership of LED lightings ! DIY LED lights, Who says you can't ?

A disturbing trend is emerging from the fact that Developers and Residentials are changing to single fixture LED lightings. This is a slippery road to walk.

The semi mounted LED recessed down lights are being sold and use increasingly today (refer to picture below). The rationale for LED lightings is to lower long run cost and maintain similar light output. It is said that LED lightings theoretically can last 5 times longer than existing fluorescent lights. 

One will also know that changing to LED lighting seems complicated. There are issues with removing ballast, starters, knowing about LED drivers, the colour rendering index of the LED lights and so on.

So after the initial homework, what do you do if it fails just after your 2 - 3 years warrantyDo you change the whole fixture or  re-engage an electrician? I have a strong premonition that the industry will crash once most first time users start to have their LED light fixtures failing. You would probably change back to fluorescent since it is cheaper and convenient.

I have a solution to overcome the above problem. LED lightings that maximises user's benefits. 

The adoption of our Kratos LED corn bulb below. 

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1. It comes in PLC (G24D) or E27 base. 
2. It uses existing fixture and fittings for conventional energy saving bulb
3. You can leave the existing wiring (including ballast and starter) alone and plug in our LED bulb directly. 

Instantly you can start saving 50% or more for your lights consumption. Whats more, our bulbs are affordable at $18.00 - $25.00. You can just buy and fix it back at home yourself : )

Most importantly, the ownership for your home lighting and the LEDs becomes truly yours. ANY time you wish to change the bulb, you can do it. It will be just like old times in terms of effort. It is this that will surely save you future trouble and save on cost.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th July 2012, The Straits Times: Going Green Helps Hotels Cut Costs ("Article")


Summary
The Article mentioned many pertinent points on cutting operation costs.
1. Retrofitting energy efficient equipments;
2. Installing motion sensor as switches to minimise wasteage;
3. Recycling facilities;
4. Perform regular energy audits.

Information of the available schemes (regulations and financial support) by the authorities to assist buildings management in adopting green technology are below. The end objective is definitely to lower operation costs of buildings and raise profitability for management in the long run.

a) www.bca.gov.sg/GreenMark/gmiseb.html
b) www.bca.gov.sg/GreenMark/breef.html

Please refer to the article for more details
Article by Ahmad Osman, Source: Cut out from The Straits Times on 4 July 2012


Opinion:
As it is, 'A Greener cause for a better cost', the successful cases in the Article (Intercontinental Singapore and Furama City Centre) exhibit the potential for hugh costs savings in the future by going green. While initial cost is a major factor to consider, we for sure cannot avoid the rising utilities cost that is going to be paid next month. LED lightings are already popular due to the lower electricity consumption for many buildings in Singapore. The option of LED lights can help save up to 45% in some instances. Do note that products quality differ from one vendor to the other. 

If have any queries or needs on LED lighting, feel free to contact us. We are delighted to share with you what we know.