A standout example of walking the eco-talk can be seen at BHP Billiton’s regional marketing headquarters. Its 236,786 sq ft marketing headquarters at the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC), a Green Mark-certified development in Singapore, achieved the Green Mark Platinum and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for its corporate interiors.
Besides garnering the Green Mark Office Interior certification in Singapore, in Kuala Lumpur, Geyer, a leading interior design specialist that focuses on retail and corporate environments worked with its client BHP Billiton on a regional shared services centre located at The Gardens North Tower in Mid Valley City from 2008 to 2009 that resulted in the first corporate interior environment outside of Singapore to receive the Green Mark certification as reflected in it receiving the first Green Mark Gold Interior certification presented by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
More than lavish glimpses of green are found peppered throughout the office building area and interiors of the 11-floor MBFC Tower 2 tenancy in Singapore. Green lends its unmistakable gold standard to the building accommodating approximately 1,300 people within its walls that seek to pursue the world’s best practice in terms of sustainability of the workplace.
“We aim to be a business that creates a positive legacy” is tied in with the company’s mission and objectives whereby sustainability is very much a “given”.
After significant research and a series of modeling exercises, BHP Billiton decided to install the largest LED (Light-Emitting Diode) office interior lighting in the region, outside the sole existing example in Europe (at the time). Although this required significant additional capital expenditure, the four- to six-years payback period in terms of reduced quantity of fittings, longer replacement cycles and less facilities management labour were considered very worthwhile investment measures.
“ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) certification is only one of the sustainability dimensions to be measured. The building meets the certified LEED Gold and Green Mark Platinum standards that stretch the targets above the highest level of certification,” attests Caroline Burns, regional leader for Geyer in Asia – the multinational company which oversaw the project.
Sharing more details about the sustainability aspect of the project at the Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia 2012 conference entitled “Focus@BEX” held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore recently, the subject of her topic presentation, “Hitting The (Green) Mark. Designing Sustainable Workplaces” touched on a common concern for offices worldwide.