Ms Hany Soh: To ask the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (a) to date, how may Community Clubs (CCs) have attained the BCA Green Mark 'Gold' and 'Platinum' certifications respectively; and (b) whether the Ministry will increase funding to support CCs upgrading to BCA Green Mark 'Platinum' certifications.
Minister Chan Chun Sing, Deputy Chairman of People's Association (PA), on behalf of the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth:
- The implementation of Green Mark certification for CCs is guided by Financial Circular Minute No M14/2014 dated 24 Nov 2014 that states the followings;
a. All new public sector buildings with more than 5,000,m2 air-conditioned floor area are to attain Green Mark Platinum rating.
b. All existing public sector buildings with more than 5,000m2 gross floor area and less than 10,000m2 air conditioned floor area are to attain the Green Mark Gold rating by 2020.
c. All existing public sector buildings with more than 10,000m2 air conditioned floor area are to attain the Green Mark GoldPlus rating by 2020.
- Based on the above guidelines, a total of 61 CCs would require to be Green Mark certified. As at end December 2020, 25 CCs have achieved the required certification, while the remaining 36 will attain their certification progressively. The breakdown is presented in the table below:
| a. Gold
| b. GoldPlus
| c. Platinum
- The current target for existing buildings to attain Green Mark Gold or GoldPlus is to achieve a balance between cost prudency and benefits. It is acknowledged that there could be substantial re-construction to existing buildings, especially the older ones to implement the requirements for Green Mark Platinum. Appropriate budget would be allocated to support the implementation when the targets are changed.
- PA works closely with the Grassroot Leaders and Advisers during the upgrading of CCs to priorities the needs and allocate the approved budget accordingly.