Sustainability in Design, Form, and Function


Raffles Quay Asset Management’s (RQAM) portfolio of sustainably designed modern properties are built with best-in-class green facilities and features. To ensure that the green buildings are home to sustainable and thriving communities, RQAM actively engages its tenants to foster a green mind-set and active living. It adopts green leases and fit-out guides, and works collaboratively with tenants to ensure that they fit-out and operate in accordance with the agreed standards. RQAM regularly communicates with tenants to share tips on recycling, waste reduction, and energy and water conservation as well as promote awareness and adoption of eco-friendly practices. RQAM is a committed advocate for sustainability and has been a long-time supporter of Earth Hour, iLight Marina Bay Festival and World Water Day.

Marina Bay Financial Centre 

The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) towers are equipped with smart building and sustainable design features. These include extensive landscaping, sky terraces and gardens that are 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 uses double glazed, high performance insulated glass curtain walls together with sunshades –- horizontal fins –- to provide shade, reduce solar load and energy consumption.

MBFC Tower 3’s green features include an outdoor weather station that measures external temperatures to be used as set-point for indoor air conditioning; a system to collect condensate water for general purpose cleaning; and green building monitors that publish energy and water consumption. All three office towers and the subterranean link mall at MBFC taps on the chilled water supply from the District Cooling System (DCS) located at One Raffles Quay to provide air-conditioning. The DCS poses lower construction risks and enables higher service and energy reliability.

With all the green measures in place, MBFC has achieved the Green Mark Platinum Award, conferred by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore and certification for Water Efficiency Management System (WEMS), Singapore Standards 577. MBFC Tower 3 was also awarded the BCA Green Mark Pearl Award twice, in 2015 and 2019. The prestigious Green Mark Pearl Award recognises the strong commitment of landlords and occupants of the same building working in tandem to achieve greater environmental sustainability for their project/ building.

Salient sustainability features include:


  • Energy efficient lightings are widely used in the developments
    • Motion sensors are provided for all toilets lighting control and parts of the stairways
    • Individual rooms are provided with individual switches
    • Lightings at other common open spaces are controlled by Building Management System (BMS) time schedule as well as photo sensors
    • Dimmable lighting at the carparks

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
  • Plug-fan AHUs

Water Efficiency

  • Provision of self-closing system to all taps
    • Provision of auto sensor system for all water closets in the public toilets
    • 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

Recycling Efforts

A structured recycling programme at MBFC is part of the sustained effort to care for the environment.  Recycling bins are placed in public areas to allow segregation of paper, glass, plastic and other general waste. RQAM works closely with office and retail tenants to raise awareness and encourage participation in recycling programmes. Once every quarter, used fluorescent tubes are collected and sent for recycling, while electronic waste is amassed on an annual basis. Aside from the ongoing efforts, RQAM continuously explores new initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle.

One Raffles Quay

One Raffles Quay (ORQ) is the first development in Singapore to be built with the District Cooling System (DCS) that centralises the production of chilled water that is supplied to ORQ and the other developments in the Marina Bay area for air-conditioning purposes. Buildings that leverage the DCS located at ORQ includes MBFC, Marina Bay Residences and Marina Bay Suites. The DCS eliminates the need for a chiller plant and cooling towers for individual buildings, thereby increasing efficiency and freeing up space. The DCS poses lower construction risks and enables higher service and energy reliability.

At ORQ, 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 thoughtfully designed landscape of bamboo and water features offers a relaxed ambience to executives working in ORQ.

ORQ attained certification for Water Efficiency Management System (WEMS), Singapore Standards 577 in 2015 and the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award in 2016. It was awarded the BCA Design and Engineering Safety Excellence Award in 2008. The building also won The International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Prix d’Excellence 2008 in the ‘Office’ category for excellence in construction, brokerage, facilities management, marketing strategy, local community impact and benefit to the environment.