In November 2017, CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT) expanded its footprint to the Marina Bay area with the acquisition of Asia Square Tower 2, a 46-storey integrated development that includes Grade A offices and ancillary retail space. With sustainability and environmentally friendly practices at the forefront of today’s society, this latest addition to CCT’s portfolio of properties again demonstrates its continued commitment to provide for greener workplaces for the community, from the outside in.
Award-winning green building
Asia Square Tower 2 has garnered several accolades, including Singapore’s PUB Water Efficiency Award (Top in the Building Office Category) and Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Award (Platinum) in 2017. The building also received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Core and Shell Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council, the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
Some energy-efficient features of Asia Square Tower 2 include the use of solar panels and a smart roof design that maximises natural sunlight thereby reducing energy consumption. The building façade uses highly efficient double-glazed glass with triple lining to reduce heat. The Intelligent Building Management System and motion detectors throughout the building adjust lighting levels according to occupancy and usage, and water is harvested from air handling units to be reused for water closet flushing. Even the lifts are energy efficient – they generate electricity from the movement of the lift car to power the lift system itself.
A more holistic approach to sustainability
But beyond the building’s innovative green features, what sets Asia Square Tower 2 apart from other eco-friendly developments is its approach to create a healthy and more productive work environment for tenants and the larger community. By putting people at the heart of the building’s design, Asia Square Tower 2 has a balanced combination of ‘work, play, live’ elements to create the optimal ‘green offices’. A number of building features are conducive to a sustainable work environment, including:
- Floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise natural light
- The ability to link floors vertically by inter-office stairways for teams to seamlessly connect
- Sophisticated air-handling units and high-efficiency air filtration systems for the healthiest indoor air quality environment
The building offers a range of mixed-use spaces to support a healthy lifestyle for its tenants and members of the public, such as:
- The Cube, a naturally lit and ventilated 100,000-squarefeet landscaped plaza for live entertainment or simply a place to relax after work
- The Food Garden, which can welcome about 690 patrons and overlooks The Cube
Asia Square Tower 2 is also designed to support work-life balance and general wellness. There are close to 90 bicycle racks and dedicated shower facilities for those who want to adopt a bike-to-work culture. Periodically, CCT and the appointed property manager organise community activities such as workout sessions, lunchtime performances and workshops to further equip tenants to work and live sustainably.
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