06 Nov '11, 2pm

Making skyrise greenery affordable | Channel News Asia by Evelyn Choo #greenroofs #greenwalls

Making skyrise greenery affordable | Channel News Asia by Evelyn Choo #greenroofs #greenwalls

SINGAPORE: Skyrise greenery is gaining increasing popularity among building owners, but many are still holding back due to high retrofitting and maintenance costs. But a new collaboration is underway to study how green walls in Singapore can be made more sustainable and affordable. What used to be an empty concrete space is now the heart of Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School - a rooftop garden thriving with biodiversity and undeniably a favourite learning spot with its students. The green project cost S$70,000, and half of it was paid by the National Parks Board (NParks) under the Skyrise Greenery Incentive Scheme (SGIS). And NParks said various organisations like hospitals, shopping malls, and corporate offices, have come onboard since March. "Many of the building owners... have recommended to other organisations to come onboard and the take-up rate is increasing. The ...

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