Paya Lebar Quarter First in Singapore to Achieve HIghest Rating for New Green Mark Standards
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Published: August 8, 2017

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    Paya Lebar Quarter First in Singapore to Achieve HIghest Rating for New Green Mark Standards

    Paya Lebar Quarter by Lendlease, a $3.2 billion mixed-use development, is the first in Singapore to achieve a Platinum rating under the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) latest version of its Green Mark scheme for new non-residential buildings, Green Mark for Non-Residential Buildings NRB: 2015 (GM NRB: 2015). Currently benchmarked as the highest sustainability standard for non-residential buildings in Singapore, the GM NRB: 2015 Platinum has been awarded to Paya Lebar Quarter’s three office towers and retail mall. The development’s residential component, Park Place Residences at PLQ has also been awarded the BCA Green Mark Platinum for Residential Buildings.

    Image © Lendlease.

    Image © Lendlease.

    GM 2015 addresses sustainability in a balanced and holistic manner which rewards overall performance of buildings that are climate responsive, energy effective, resource efficient, smarter and have healthier indoor environments.1 The assessment criteria also reflects a strong recognition of sustainable design features that boost the health and wellbeing of building occupants.

    Mr. Richard Paine, Managing Director of Paya Lebar Quarter. Image © Lendlease.

    Mr. Richard Paine, Managing Director of Paya Lebar Quarter. Image © Lendlease.

    Mr. Richard Paine, Managing Director of Paya Lebar Quarter by Lendlease, commented: “Lendlease places people at the heart of our vision to create the best places. We are deeply honoured and encouraged by this award, recognising our holistic approach towards sustainability which is aligned to BCA’s Green Mark evolvement placing greater focus on the health and wellbeing of building occupants, energy effectiveness, climatically contextual design, smart buildings and resource use.  We will continue to create inclusive urban living spaces that redefine the way people work, live and lead truly connected lives.”

    Image © Lendlease.

    Image © Lendlease.

    Paya Lebar Quarter’s sustainability vision focuses on creating an active, green and engaged environment by putting people at the centre of its design. The development offers more than 100,000 square feet of green public spaces, seamlessly linked with the Park Connector Network. Its public space design which fuses retail, entertainment and leisure experiences allows the community to engage in a diverse range of activities and the vast, open spaces where they can relax and mingle makes Paya Lebar Quarter a vibrant, evolving place.

    Image © Lendlease.

    Image © Lendlease.

     

    Image © Lendlease.

    Image © Lendlease.

    “A major influence and source of inspiration is the Songket in Malay culture. The complex language, shapes, colors, designs of the Songket, which is a fabric belonging to the brocade family of textiles, are woven throughout the project, informing its visual identity..”Said Mr. Richard Paine of the design inspiration behind Paya Lebar Quarter.

    Image © Lendlease.

    Image © Lendlease.

    The interior will also reflect the focus on health and wellbeing. The office towers are the first in Singapore to register for the Well, Core and Shell certification. The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on increasing the well-being and productivity of occupants.

    Image © Lendlease.

    Image © Lendlease.

    According to the WELL building standard, occupant productivity and focus is influenced and correlated to comfort levels. This means creating an indoor environment that is distraction-free with proper noise management and temperature control. At Paya Lebar Quarter, high quality MERV 14 particulate filters around the clock on all air-handling units will be installed. This is above industry benchmark as such high quality air filters are typically used only during periods of poor air quality. Paya Lebar Quarter’s core and shell of the base building are guided according to the WELL Building standard but tenants are given the independence and flexibility with regards to internal fittings and design of office spaces.

    Image © Lendlease.

    Image © Lendlease.

    There are also place-making design and strategies to ensure that Paya Lebar Quarter will be the place for community bonding and celebrations with 100,000 square feet of public green spaces, including 20,000 square feet of covered event plaza amidst lush landscaping, water features and outdoor children’s playground, with retail options and quality alfresco dining. Paya Lebar Quarter recognises that an efficient performing building will also result in operational savings enhancing property valuation on top of conserving the environment. As such, the precinct has incorporated various features to efficiently use resources throughout the building’s life cycle.

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    Image © Lendlease.

    With the implementation of high efficiency water fittings along with monitoring and leak detection systems, the development expects to save over 40 per cent of water annually during operations. The development will also achieve over 30 per cent in energy savings, in comparison to a reference building designed for code compliance. The energy savings stem from a variety of design solutions, from high performance facades to the use of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) and more efficient air-conditioning systems. Future retail and office tenants will also benefit from Lendlease’s Green Lease program, which encourages tenants to adopt sustainable fittings, equipment and mindsets for operational savings and providing a healthier environment for their employees in their tenancies. The buildings will offer with large, regular, efficient floor plates for customization and effective space utilization to deliver high business value, Grade A specs with leading technology solutions, best in-class facilities, amenities and concepts to meet the needs of the modern workforce.

    Image © Lendlease.

    Image © Lendlease.

    The project’s focus on health and wellbeing on top of energy efficiency is also evident from other progressive initiatives throughout Paya Lebar Quarter. The lush landscaping resulted in a precinct-wide Green Plot Ratio of 6.93 and the precinct wide tree-positive strategy means there will be three times more trees as compared to the original site. Paya Lebar Quarter will also introduce some of the best active mobility provisions in Singapore, including end-of-trip facilities for office and retail tenants, ample bicycle parking spaces, and almost one kilometre of dedicated mobility routes seamlessly connected to the wider Park Connector Network.

     

    By: Juliet Huang

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