Surbana Jurong became the first consulting firm in Singapore to have Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professionals (ISAPs), as three of its staff attained the accreditation and are now qualified to evaluate assets for sustainability, including railways, bridges, sewers and utilities, using the IS rating scheme.
Singapore is at the region’s forefront in the development of smart and sustainable building solutions. The country continues to take steps towards its Singapore Green Plan 2030 by implementing minimum energy performance standards within its building sector. According to Surbana, there are significant untapped opportunities to measure and set targets for sustainable infrastructure to help infrastructure developers and operators manage their carbon footprint.
The Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme is a method used by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council (IS Council), an industry body that operates in Australia and New Zealand to improve productivity and sustainability in infrastructure. The scheme is used in these countries to assess the sustainability of the planning, design, construction and operation phases of over AUD 200 billion (USD 125 billion) worth of infrastructure programs and projects. It uses a quadruple bottom line assessment framework comprising economic and ESG aspects to evaluate the overall sustainability performance of infrastructure assets, assessing the sustainability goals from the design to operation stages, from water and waste management to energy consumption, as well as the adoption of sustainable procurement and usage of low carbon building materials. It is also aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
(Source: Surbana Jurong)