Bridges for animals

For a small country, Singapore has made tremendous efforts to safeguard the environment in the face of rapid urban development and climate change. Recently, local planning authorities have begun to pay more attention to the preservation and improvement of ecological networks in the city state.   In this article, we are privileged to have Mr Abdul …

Greenwashing in the built industry

What is greenwashing?Greenwashing is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's products, aims and/or policies are environmentally friendly (More info here). Basically, the company tells you the product they are peddling is environmentally friendly, but it really isn’t.Greenwashing is common for many …

How urban greenery can reduce outdoor air temperature

This week, we have Dr Steve Kardinal Jusuf, senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore, Department of Building, weighing in on how urban greenery can reduce outdoor air temperature. Thanks Steve!- UGL Urban greenery provides several benefits because it dissipates incoming solar radiation on the building structures through its effective shading; it can reduce …

Optimising green wall design in terms of functionality

Usually when it comes to designing for a green wall, there are actually many steps and decision-making process to make. However certain processes are forgotten, resulting in problems occurring in the long run.The image illustrates the process of designing a green wall. It is modeled after waves and curves, which accentuates colors as well as contrasting textures …