Quayside Isle Singapore, a Step Closer Towards Greener Hospitality Industry


Green movement in Asia’s hospitality industry has taken off to catch up with the nature’s deteriorating pace. Retail segments including hotels and restaurants are now vehemently trying to win the market through a set of green features to leverage their key differentiation. In cities of touristic and business destination like Singapore, a green building is not only set to intensify the commitment towards greener built environment in accordance with the government’s goals, but it is also aimed to satisfy their global customers or tenants who are becoming more and more environmentally conscious.

A notable case in point is Quayside Isle – an integrated retail development by City Development Limited comprising a branded luxury hotel, prestigious condominium and specialty F&B/retail located within the exclusive gated community at Sentosa Cove, Singapore. Strategically maximizing its vicinity view, this development now prides itself with the BCA Green Mark Platinum, the highest certification level awarded to green buildings in the country.

Energy efficient design

As the common ground of a green building, energy efficiency is always put on the first place. The key benchmark has always been the complacency of low power consumption through streamlined technology and facility operation.

In the Quayside Isle, the extensive use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is installed as part of the architectural roof design. As opposed to the widely touted difficulty in quantifying the benefit of a green feature’s impact, these solar panels are able to generate approximately 54,928 kWh of energy, annually.

To reduce the heat transmission as well as retaining the required properties, it is also using the use of high performance glass for the external facade. There is also a deployment of motion sensors at all toilets and staircase and installation of LED light fittings for common area. It automatically turns off the lighting when not in use – a simply effective way to reduce power consumption.

Waterless urinal in all male toilets is installed to reduce the potable water expenses caused during flushing. There is also an incorporation of the rainwater harvesting system for irrigation purposes, resulting in approximately 15% of annual water saving.

Providing good air condition – indoor and outdoor

Green landscape enriched by trees and various vegetation has undoubtedly giving us a fresh air, but maintaining indoor air quality can be another tricky issue. The installation of an energy efficient mechanical ventilation system in the basement car park provides a well-ventilated indoor area which ensures that smoke purging is not compromised during fire incidents. It works by incorporating the ductless jet fan system with carbon monoxide sensors.

Maintaining sustainability through higher tenants engagement

As an effort to sustain the green achievement in the environment, Quayside Isle installs multiple dual-chute pneumatic waste collection points (one in each F&B unit). This is aimed to educate the importance of recycling and environmental conservation to the tenants, paving the way towards the desired behaviour change in the community.

Evaluating “green” in the hospitality industry

Over time, the value and impact of sustainability facet on hospitality asset values will be easier to gauge. As investments, hotels and restaurants for examples, are valued principally on their net operating income – hence the achievable benefit of going green in the industry lies on its impact on cash flow. Say, when lighting is being operated on a hotel’s floor area for 24 hours a day, an investment on highly efficient fixture on this area itself yields a large amount of utility savings and boosts asset value by certain multiplication of that number.

Major hospitality chains around the region are now injecting and improving sustainability programmes into their policies. The green features embraced by the hospitality industry players would set up a new social norm as well as consumption preference that would lead us to a greener, healthier future. Whilst the operationalization of the green facilities is on the building management’s tasks list, in the coming future, the tenants and costumers will work hand in hand to undergo the applied green policies through a progressive behavioural change. (AGB – SA)



This feature is reported by AsiaGreenBuildings.com in coverage of the Green Mark Eco-Tour organized by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

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