Malaysia, Singapore: further promotion of green building development

Malaysia and Singapore can futher promote the development of green building through various collaborative efforts such as having a common stand at international forums on green building, says Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC) President Looi Hip Peu.

At the same time, he said mutual support for each other’s initiative at international forums can be established and documented, for example, bidding to host international events.

“Another cooperation can be through exchange of experts on training programme. MGBC will be ramping up ‘advanced’ training on green building skills in the near future.

“A specific programme on Building Information Modelling (BIM) is in order as Malaysia (through my involvement in ACEM, the Sustainable Building Association, and the Building Industry Forum) will be starting an industry-wide taskforce on BIM,” he told Bernama.

Looi is one of the speakers at the upcoming International Green Building Conference (IGBC) to be held from Oct 9-12 at Marina Bay Sands here.

Supported by Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore, IGBC 2012 is the premier green building conference that offers crucial insights on the green economy and the sustainable built environment.

Themed “Green Community. Green Action”, the event is held in conjunction with the Singapore Green Building Week (SGBW) 2012.

MGBC is the official supporting partners for SGBW 2012 and IGBC 2012.

Looi said both parties can also have more mid-level contacts and initiative, such as exchange of information and data on green building statistics for instance energy index, water index and others.

“We have received complaints of ‘green products’ with doubtful claims and sometimes we would like to refer to the right authority in Singapore to coordinate our views on such products,” he said, adding they can also cooperate on any programme which can be identified.

“I am reminded of the generosity that the Singapore government (through BCA) extended to the Malaysian team when we first initiated the Green Building Index (GBI) movement back in 2009.”

He noted substantial support was made available then by BCA to allow the GBI assessment system to be established in late 2009.

“We are also reminded that many cooperation and dialogues (though not high profile) between civil societies and mid-level government contacts have been or are still ongoing, such as the CIDB dialogue with Singapore on eco-labels for the building industry,” he said.

Sharing some of the key points at the upcoming conference, Looi said he would be speaking about the green building movement in Malaysia.

Among the key message, he said was that no one model for driving green building is right.

Each country will have to find their own model, he said.

“Malaysia may be a significant green building movement in this region. Whatever the model, the government must not overly react. Micro initiatives at the grass root levels may be more effective and has longer lasting impact on society than large high-profile projects.

“Civil societies play major role in driving any national policy and especially green policies,” he added.

MGBC’s vision is to be the leader in Green Building in Southeast Asia, become the main promoter of green practice and the main sustainability reference organisation within the growing construction market sector.

It aims to involve policymakers, professionals, and the society at large, in the quest to transform the building industry into one that respects our environment by embracing green issues.

 

Source: Bernama

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