Malaysia has recognised green technology as one of the key drivers of national economic growth. More building developers and owners are adopting the “go green” practice to qualify for Malaysia green rated buildings.
According to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, since July 2015, there are 636 buildings in total that have registered and will be certified with Green Building Index Malaysia – a 14% increase compared to the same period last year. So far, there are 45 buildings which have already been fully certified, meanwhile the rest are still under provisional certification stage.
Over the same period last year, only 548 buildings were registered, and until mid of July 2015, 16 government projects have registered for Works Department (JKR) green rating scheme (pH) certification, whilst during the same date last year, there were only 10 government projects, of which growth showcases a 38% increase.
According to Fadillah, the green building practices that are being implemented relates to green building design such as adopting day-lighting and natural ventilation, also the incorporation of renewable energy features, such as solar water heating.
J also said that Malaysia will introduce the construction industry transformation programmes under 11th Malaysia Plan to drive Malaysia towards greener and better design building construction.