Malaysia : Collaboration between building associations to promote sustainability

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During a recent ceremony held at Wisma REHDA, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia and the Real Estate And Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA) Malaysia inked a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to encourage Malaysian developers and construction industry players to adopt low-carbon and sustainable practices to meet requirements of the Malaysian Carbon Reduction and Environmental Sustainability Tool (MyCREST), a local sustainability rating tool.

The signing ceremony was presented by Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid, chief executive of CIDB Malaysia and Dato’ Ir Soam Heng Choon, deputy president of REHDA.

According to Datuk Rosnah Binti Haji Abdul Rashid Shirlin, the Deputy Minister of Works, in line with the 11th Malaysia Plan, the government plans to make the country a resilient, low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially-inclusive nation. She also added that engaging with the private sector as key influencers ensure energy efficient buildings to be adopted.

The result of the collaboration between CIDB and REHDA shows how the private and public sector could work together to push the government’s green growth agenda, but also, increase greater focus on sustainability and encourage the construction of more green developments.

The adoption of MyCREST would ultimately lead developers to go green and mandate sustainable practices throughout the building. The move would gradually help reduce the carbon levels generated by the construction industry in Malaysia.

The Ministry of Works through the Public Works Department (JKR) and CIDB introduced MyCREST as a sustainability rating tool which aims to quantify and reduce carbon emissions in the construction sector. MyCREST would act as guidelines for industry players to incorporate greater environmentally sustainable practices in their projects.

At least 20 of REHDA members’ projects, including its Sabah and Sarawak associates, will be assessed with MyCREST as part of the pilot programme. The projects include S P Setia Berhad’s corporate headquarters in Setia Alam, IJM Land’s Waterside Residence in Penang, and Damansara Uptown One’s Uptown 1 project in Petaling Jaya.

Through this collaboration, CIDB and REHDA commits to initiate regular awareness programmes aimed to increase the understanding of the MyCREST green rating tools among developers and key industry players. To provide accreditation to qualified green rating professionals, REHDA has introduced their own green initiative called GreenRE, where they would organise training sessions on a quarterly basis.

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