An article by Celine Lim,

Green building design might be a sexier topic than operations and management, but the key to a successful green building actually lies in the latter.

Speakers at the International Green Building Conference on Thursday highlighted that overlooking this aspect of buildings after completion results in long-term inefficiency. This problem is prevalent “even for Green Mark Platinum buildings” in Singapore, said Mr Tan Phay Ping, managing director and founder of environmental sustainability consultancy Building System and Diagnostics, which has offices in Singapore, Malaysia and China.

He told delegates at the three-day summit: “The developers and the facilities management team often think, ‘Oh, this is a green building, it should take care of itself’. But most likely, it won’t happen that way.”

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