Environmentally Sustainable Design
Marina Bay Financial Centre
The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) towers are equipped with environmentally-smart building and design features. These include extensive landscaping, sky terraces and gardens evenly distributed throughout the building to reduce urban heat load and energy consumption in buildings. These areas include the Tower 1 rooftop, retail plaza, planting zone between Towers 1 and 2. The modern architectural design concept of double glazed, high performance insulated glass curtain walls together with sunshades –- the horizontal fins –- cuts down on energy consumption by reducing the solar load and providing shade.
Over the last few years, MBFC saved more than 400,000 kWh per annum through energy saving initiatives.
With all the green measures in place, MBFC has achieved the Green Mark Platinum Award for its Office Towers 1, 2 and 3 and the Green Mark Gold Award for Marina Bay Residences and Marina Bay Suites conferred by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore. In 2011, MBFC Phase 1 was conferred with the Merit Award for the Design and Engineering Safety Excellence Award by the BCA. This award recognises efforts in overcoming various challenges to achieve safety and excellence in design and engineering works, and makes MBFC one of the few developments in Singapore to win multiple awards by the BCA.
A key identifiable sustainability effort includes having a District Cooing System (DCS), currently housed at One Raffles Quay. The chilled water is also supplied to Marina Bay Residences, Marina Bay Suites and other neighbouring developments. It greatly reduces the need for a chiller plant, which enables much space savings, eliminates the need for cooling towers for individual buildings, lower construction risks and enables a higher service and energy reliability.
Other salient sustainability features include:
• Energy efficient lighting has been specified for the common areas of the developments
• Motion sensors are provided for all toilets lighting control
• Individual rooms are provided with individual switches
• Lighting at other common open spaces are controlled by Building Management System (BMS) time schedule
Lifts & Escalators
• Energy efficient lifts with Alternating Current Variable Voltage and Variable Frequency (ACVVVF) drives and sleeping mode during off peak hours
Air-con and Mechanical Ventilation
• Ductless MV System (Jet Fan System) in all carparks
• CO Sensor for automatic control of the jet fans
• Provision of self-closing system to all taps
• Provision of auto sensor system for all water closets
• Flow regulators installed at taps to regulate flow such that optimal usage of water is achieved
• Meters that closely monitor water and electricity consumption for major mechanical and electrical services and equipment
A recycling programme is implemented throughout MBFC daily. Recycling bins are placed in public areas, segregated for paper, glass and plastic waste, Also, clear signages, as well as standing operating procedures issued to tenants help increase their awareness and participation in the programme. Every quarter, used fluorescent tubes are collected and sent for recycling.
During the construction phase, recycled water was widely used wherever possible, steel waste was recycled, other waste was separated for incineration and recycling and biologically composed materials from shredded wood chips were used. Seawater was also used for ground improvement works.
One Raffles Quay
One Raffles Quay (ORQ) is the first development in Singapore to be built with the Singapore District Cooling Pte Ltd (SDC) district cooling system, which uses a centralised production of chilled water to ORQ and the other developments at the Marina Bay area for air-conditioning purposes. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of natural light and provide spectacular views of Raffles Place. A spacious covered plaza bridges the two Office Towers and provides a meeting point to greet visitors. Its carefully laid-out landscape of bamboo and water features offers a relaxed ambience to the executives working in ORQ who are looking to take a break from work.
ORQ attained the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award in October 2016 and the BCA Design and Engineering Safety Excellence Award in May 2008. The building also won the Prix d'Excellence 2008 in the ‘Office' category by The International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) for excellence in construction, brokerage, facilities management, marketing strategy, local community impact and benefit to the environment.