Strides in sustainability

Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 has been recently certified as a BCA Green Mark Platinum development

Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 has been recently certified as a BCA Green Mark Platinum development

The Keppel Land Group has a longstanding commitment to high environmental, social and governance standards. The company firmly believes that what it does must positively impact its stakeholders as well as the greater public. Recently, its efforts in sustainability were acknowledged at various platforms.

Platinum developments

Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Tower 3 has been recently certified as a Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum development in recognition of its best practices in environmental design and construction, as well as its adoption of green building technologies. This is the highest honour in BCA’s Green Mark scheme.

MBFC Tower 3 features fittings such as low-emissivity glass, which minimises heat load and thermal transfer. The building also incorporates energy efficient air-conditioning and lighting systems, which contribute to 23% of energy savings for the whole building, while the use of motion sensors as well as energy saving lifts and escalators further reduces energy consumption.

Within the tower, water leakage detection systems minimise water wastage, whilst condensate water from the air-conditioning system is recycled for use in fountains, irrigation and cleaning.

Tenants also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint through the recycling of waste and are working towards obtaining Green Mark certifications for their offices.

Prior to this, MBFC Tower 3 was certified as a Green Mark GoldPlus development.

Another Keppel Land development which showcases innovative eco-breakthroughs is Ocean Financial Centre, which offers 850,000 sf of column-free Grade A office space. The development features one of the largest photovoltaic systems for high-rise buildings in Singapore’s central business district, an energy-efficient hybrid chilled water system, as well as an integrated paper recycling facility. In 2013, its 2125 sm green wall was named the World’s Largest Vertical Garden by the Guinness World Records.

These features have led the development to win a number of sustainability awards, including being the first high-rise development in Southeast Asia to achieve the highest LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council in 2012, as well as the first building in Singapore to attain the Green Mark Platinum certification in 2008.

In January 2016, after reassessment by the BCA, Ocean Financial Centre was re-certified as a Green Mark Platinum development. The Keppel Land project team behind Ocean Financial Centre was also invited to share on the green technologies incorporated within the development at industry seminars.

The BCA Green Mark certification is valid for three years from the date of completion of retrofit works. Thereafter, renewal assessments are conducted to ascertain continuing compliance to the requirements of the prevailing BCA Green Mark criteria for existing buildings.

Lights out

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour. From a symbolic lights-out event in one city, Earth Hour, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature, has evolved to become a global environmental movement that galvanises the support of millions of people in over 162 countries to make a difference for the planet.

In support of Earth Hour, non-essential lights on building façades and public areas of various Keppel Land developments will be switched off for an hour on 19 March 2016. Staff, tenants and residents of Keppel Land properties are all encouraged to take part in this worldwide initiative and do their part in creating a sustainable world.

Exemplary partner

Keppel REIT Property Management Pte Ltd was conferred the bizSAFE Partner Award at the 8 th annual bizSAFE Convention held at the Singapore Expo on 17 February 2016.

A total of 39 companies and individuals were recognised at the annual convention. This is the highest number of recipients since the awards started in 2012. Last year, 23 awards were presented.

The bizSAFE Convention is organised by Singapore’s Workplace Safety & Health Council and Ministry of Manpower to recognise companies as well as their business partners and employees for championing workplace safety and health.

Keppel Group was a co-sponsor of the bizSAFE Convention 2016.

Mr Peck Peng Soon (right), Deputy GM, Keppel REIT Property Management, accepted the bizSAFE Partner Award on behalf of the company from Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, Deputy Chairman, Workplace Safety and Health Council, at the 8th annual bizSAFE Convention