The Straits Times
Published on Oct 12, 2012

Green Mark certification scheme extends to supermarkets, retailers

Certification scheme part of push for more building tenants, users to go green


Supermarkets display chilled items such as juices and cheeses in open cases for easy access by customers but this arrangement also allows cold air to escape.

In a bid to rein in such energy wastage, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) hopes to get supermarkets to use, say, display cases that are opened only when a shopper wants a specific item.

The use of energy-efficient equipment is one of the criteria in the construction regulator's new Green Mark certification scheme for supermarkets.

In a typical supermarket, refrigeration accounts for up to half the total energy used, but with the right equipment, it can cut its energy use by 10 per cent or more.