OCBC Centre receives Green Mark Gold Award

OCBC Centre has been awarded a Green Mark Gold Award for sustainability efforts, and it is the oldest historic site to receive the prize.

The award from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is for the bank’s headquarters, as well as OCBC Centre South which was built in 1985.

The S$100 million OCBC Centre development was officially opened on 1 October 1976, and at that time, it was the tallest building in Asia outside of Japan.

The building was marketed as a historic site by the National Heritage Board on 16 February 2001.

Since then, OCBC has worked to retrofit the building with features such as more efficient air-conditioning and water consumption management systems.

Lights in the common corridors of the building areas and car parks of the building too were furnished with energy saving alternatives, which resulted in annual energy savings of 3,236,790 kilowatt hours.

OCBC has also been encouraging its tenants to go green, and about 80 per cent of tenants participate in recycling programmes introduced for both buildings.

“Since 2006, we have been consciously looking at implementing green measures to improve energy efficiency and to reduce the environmental impact on our buildings. We are pleased to receive this award for our efforts towards shaping a sustainable built environment in the concrete jungle of Singapore. We recognise that the challenges on this front are multi-faceted and the solutions are evolving. Nevertheless, we will continue to take gradual steps in greening the buildings that we own,” said Vincent Soh, executive director of OCBC Property Services.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 20 May 2011

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