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
• Energy efficient lifts with Alternating Current Variable Voltage and Variable
(ACVVVF) drives and sleeping mode at off peak hours
• 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
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.