Malaysia: major distinction in the green building movement

Malaysia has made some notable achievements in promoting the green building movement, says Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC) president, Looi Hip Peu.

He said a major distinction of the green building movement in Malaysia was the active involvement of independent professionals and activists from the industry who were key drivers enabling the initial start of the movement.

“Some notable achievements include successfully initiating a national suite for green-building environmental assessment in 2009 which is indigenous and independent of the more established players (such as LEED US, BREEAM UK, Green Star Australia), as represented by the Green Building Index (GBI).

“The GBI has also initiated a number of ‘ground-breaking’ measures which were (at that time not adopted by the more established rating tool),” he told Bernama.

Looi was one of the speakers at the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) held here recently.

The IGBC 2012, themed “Green Community. Green Action”, offers crucial insights into the green economy.

He said another success story was engendering a strong and viable industry on green-technology e.g. the photovoltaic initiative, which was started from the ‘Suria’ programme from 2004 has now spawned a significant presence in Malaysia.

Looi said stoking interest from industry and the public on green building was another notable achievement.

“This can been from the growth of MGBC’s membership from about 70 members way back in 2009, to over 300 in December 2011,” he said.

Another achievement, he said, was the listing in Malaysia’s ‘greenpages’.

“This can be seen in from an initial 70 companies in the first edition of 2011 to over 150 in 2012.

“With strong active support from the government, green technology is now on the public agenda as a full-fledged ministerial portfolio (under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water,” he said.

 

Source: Bernama

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