Paris, Singapore and London are the top three green buildings cities, according to a recent white paper.
Solidiance, one of the leading Asia Pasific Management Consultancies, have recently published a white paper on the top 10 global cities for green buildings with the purpose to benchmark and openly discuss the green building performance of the leading global cities: Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
‘Green buildings’ is a concept that is rapidly gaining popularity among architects, designers and constructors, the number of buildings awarded green status is doubling every three years worldwide. Green buildings offer cost-efficiency, durability, energy and water saving solutions and modern cutting-edge design, thus pioneering sustainable urban development.
As the demand for green buildings increases, developers and customers are realizing the business, social and environmental value that green projects are providing.
Globally green building movement is getting momentum. The paper states that in 2009, only 13% of developers responding to a survey said that over 60% of their firms’ construction projects were a ‘green building’. While in 2015, green activity was four times higher, with over 50% of all respondents stating that more than 60% of their firms’ construction activities were ‘green’.
To find out which of the ten global cities are championing green buildings, the cities were assessed in four categories: city-wide green building landscape, buildings efficiency and performance, green building policies and targets, and green city culture and environment.
Paris and Singapore are the top overall leaders with London taking the third place in the ranking.
Paris came as the leader in the green building performance and efficiency category followed Singapore and London, while New York, Dubai, Beijing, and Shanghai came last. The research has confirmed how strong and palpable the green building efforts in Singapore and Paris are, and that the local green building standards are stringent enough to produce tangible results.
In the category that assessed the number of green buildings and the existing certification systems, London did much better coming second to Singapore with Paris taking the third place. These three top cities were identified as advanced in the adoption of new and existing green buildings and experiencing a high level of green building activity.
The assessment of the city-level green initiatives put both Sydney and Hong Kong in a leading position. Both cities set higher than average CO2 reduction targets among the ten global cities. They also have low CO2 emissions and high percentages of waste recycling.
Paris, Singapore, and New York also seem to perform extremely well on the green initiatives by implementing appropriate green solutions for waste and energy efficiencies.
In the category of the city-wide green buildings landscape London was a triumphant winner outperforming Sydney, Paris and Singapore. This is primarily due to London’s high scores for both the absolute number of green buildings and the green buildings as a percentage of the total number of buildings. If London hadn’t scored this high in the green buildings landscape category it would have lost its third place in overall rankings to Sydney.
Sydney ranked first on green building culture and environment and managed to rank second on green building efficiency and performance. Sydney also emits the least CO2, recycles the most waste (as a percentage of total waste-to-landfill), and consumes more renewable energy than the vast majority of the other cities (with the exception of New York). It just does not have a great number of green buildings on its skyline.
“All three cities – London, Paris, Singapore – are clearly advanced in the field of green buildings in terms of standards and actual certified buildings and landmarks. They also have a long history of urban planning, research, regulations and frameworks, which make them examples for other cities in the world.”
Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of Emirates Green Building Council, United Arab Emirates
The areas for London to focus on are energy consumption which is significantly higher than Paris (101,228 gigawatts and 15,050 gigawatts), renewables and carbon dioxide emissions reduction.
The research has shown that many cities across the world are putting a lot of effort to turn their built stock green. Many good practices have been implemented for other cities to learn from.
The paper concludes that in the green building race, the end-result and big picture of living in sustainable, efficient and low-consumption cities are more important than how many buildings can be labelled as ‘green’.
For more information, please, read “The Top 10 Global Cities for Green Buildings”