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, as well as The Lawn. The building exterior
cuts down on energy consumption by reducing the solar load and providing shade.
Two layers of high performance insulated glass form the exterior curtain wall which
is also tinted and glazed, Together with sunshades - the horizontal fins - the glass
blocks out a lot of heat.
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 towers, lower construction
risks and enable a higher service and energy reliability.
Other salient sustainability features include:
• Energy efficient lighting has been specified for the common areas of the
• 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 BMS time schedule
Lifts & Escalators
• Energy efficient lifts with Alternating Current Variable Voltage and Variable
Frequency (ACVVVF) drives and
sleeping mode at 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
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 material from shredded wood chips were used. Seawater
was also used for ground improvement works.
For the last two years, MBFC saved more than 30,000 kWh per annum through the energy
saving. For the next five years, it has also been intended to save at least 30,000
kWh per annum through these energy saving initiatives.
With all the green measures in place MBFC has achieved the Green Mark Gold award
for its office towers 1 & 2, Marina Bay Residences and Marina Bay Suites and the
Green Mark Gold Plus for its office tower 3 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.
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 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 was awarded the BCA Green Mark Gold in 2009 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.