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Green Buildings

Our most direct environmental impact stems from the carbon emissions from our office buildings and branches. Hence, we benchmark ourselves against external environmental certifications to ensure that we incorporate sustainable designs and practices into our offices and branches.

As testament to our sustainability efforts in Singapore, we have been awarded BCA Green Mark Certifications by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore, for all four office buildings and over 20 retail branches. With our continuous commitment to the green agenda, Green Mark certifications for our offices progressed over the years to achieve the highest Platinum award. Looking forward, we target to maintain the highest Green Mark accolade for our offices and achieve Green Mark certification for at least 20 more branches in 2017.

Over in Hong Kong, our office buildings in One Island East, Millennium City 6 and Miramar Tower were awarded with the EPD Wastewi$e Label for achieving environmental excellence. In Taiwan, DBS was the first foreign bank to achieve ISO 50001 certification in 2015, and is continuing its efforts to maintain the certification through upholding an energy management system (EnMS) for its building.

BCA Green Mark for Offices (Singapore)

DBS Asia Hub

DBS Asia Hub is a 9-storey purpose-built building for DBS Bank. Designed as a green and energy-efficient building, it is enveloped by double-glazed low emission glass, houses a centralised air-conditioning system tapping on the district cooling system, and a green landscape across the compound. After its fit-out incorporating the following key green features, it was awarded the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award.

  • Sub-meters to monitor utilities usage
  • Zoning and timer control for lightings to cater for different usage or occupancy needs
  • Zoning of air conditioning and provision of fan coil unit to cater for different usage or occupancy needs
  • Office ambient temperature within +/- 24 degrees Celsius
  • Internal air quality check conducted to monitor air quality
  • Motion sensors for lightings, energy-efficient LED lightings
  • Carbon monoxide monitoring and control system for carpark fans
  • Use of lifts with variable voltage frequency motor drive and sleep mode features
  • Energy-efficient water fittings rated "Excellent" and "Very Good" under the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) by Singapore's Public Utilities Board (PUB)
  • Recycling and waste management programmes
  • Provision of shuttle buses to staff commuting between buildings to reduce carbon emissions

DBS Asia Central

DBS Asia Central is located at MBFC Tower 3, and is a BCA Green Mark Platinum and Pearl Award Building. DBS Bank obtained a BCA Green Mark Platinum (Office Interior) Award, through incorporating the following green features:

  • Sub-meters to monitor electricity usage
  • Efficient air distribution system with Variable Speed Drives (VSD) and Variable Air Volume (VAV) boxes
  • Zoning and timer control for air conditioning to cater for different usage/occupancy needs
  • Office ambient temperature within +/- 24 degrees Celsius
  • Open plan layout with access to daylight
  • Zoning, motion detector and timer control for activation of light
  • Use of energy-efficient fittings with timer control
  • Use of water-efficient fittings and private meters to monitor consumption
  • Internal air quality check conducted to monitor air quality
  • Carbon monoxide monitoring to control outdoor air flow using carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors, air handling unit (AHU) return ducts and VAV boxes
  • Provision of shuttle buses to staff commuting between buildings to reduce carbon emission
  • Adequate bicycle lots provision to reduce pollution from car usage

DBS Asia Gateway

DBS Asia Gateway is located at 10 Toh Guan. It has been awarded the BCA Green Mark Certified Award for Office Interior, featuring the following green features:

  • Private sub-meters linked to building management system (BMS) for monitoring of electricity and water consumption
  • Use of sustainable and environmentally friendly products in the fit-out and maintenance
  • Use of energy-efficient and water-efficient fittings
  • Provision of greenery in the office
  • Waste management and recycling programme
  • Zoning and timer control for air conditioning to cater for different usage needs
  • Zoning and timer control for activation of lighting
  • Adopting open space office layout

BCA Green Mark Portfolio for Branches (Singapore)

DBS is amongst the first in the banking sector in Singapore to achieve the BCA Green Mark for Retail certification. Endorsed by the Building Construction Authority, the award recognises efforts to achieve a sustainable built environment by incorporating best practices in environmental design and construction, and the adoption of green building technologies. The Bank has gone above and beyond with some branches achieving higher lighting efficiency and air-conditioning systems with higher Green Mark ratings that contribute to as much as 50% less carbon emissions. Overall, the Bank has clinched the certification for 20 branches with two receiving a Gold Plus Green Mark Award.

What we did at our branches:

  • Air-conditioning systems with the highest Green Mark ratings resulting in as much as 50% less carbon emission
  • Kitchen tap fittings with "three ticks" under the PUB WELS at each branch, reducing our water consumption by 50%
  • Over 90% of indoor lighting is fitted with LED and high frequency fluorescent fixtures, making them 35% more energy-efficient

What we won for Retail Branches:

  • 2 Gold Plus Greenmark Certifications
  • 4 branches Gold Greenmark Certifications
  • Greenmark Certifications
Green Mark Gold Plus for Retail Green Mark Gold Award for Retail Green Mark Certification for Retail Green Mark Certification for Retail
DBS Westgate DBS Aperia DBS Alexandra POSB Centre Canberra CC
POSB White Sands POSB Centre ITE College Central DBS NUS Mix POSB Jurong East Central
  DBS Sports Hub DBS Marina Bay Sands POSB Centre Kampong Ubi
  DBS Treasures Parkway Parade Treasures DBS Raffles Place Service Centre POSB Pasir Ris East
    DBS Suntec City POSB Centre Potong Pasir CC
    DBS Tai Seng POSB Seletar Mall
      POSB West Coast CC
      POSB Centre Zheng Hua
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