Sustainable building is becoming much more than a ‘nice-to-have’ label for new developments in Asia Pacific; it’s rising up the agenda in terms of how buildings are designed and run to help cities keep pace with the pressures resulting from rising urbanization.
Sixty percent of the world’s population or 4.3 billion people live in Asia Pacific. Among them 2 billion reside in urban areas. Cities such as Manila and Jakarta are undergoing rapid growth as businesses and people flock to these economic centres. With buildings accounting for 40 percent of the world’s energy consumption and a corresponding 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, awareness of sustainability in Asia is steadily growing.
In recent years, the region has seen a rapid increase in localised green building certification schemes. Still, the adoption of such standards and the pace of progress varies widely. Among the strong adopters are Singapore, Japan and Australia.
In this infographic, Real Views looks at the state of the green building movement in Asia Pacific and highlights some of the megatrends that are helping to shape the region’s green future.