Malaysia: Menara Binjai won the Best Sustainable Development award

The owner of Menara Binjai in Kuala Lumpur wasn’t content for it to just be the first purpose built environmentally friendly office tower in the country to be awarded two green certifications – Malaysia’s Green Building Index provisional certification and Singapore’s Green Mark Gold. It also wanted to be recognised on the world stage – and its wish was answered when it became the first green building in Malaysia to be bestowed the Best Sustainable Development (built) award at the recent 2012 Cityscape Awards for the Emerging Markets held at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

Chua Guan Hock, a director of Khor Joo Saik Sdn Bhd, owner of Menara Binjai, said the award is “extremely meaningful and a stamp of approval of the tower’s outstanding sustainability … competing and winning against outstanding developments adds to the satisfaction of this acknowledgement”.

He dedicated the win to his board of directors and consultants who worked hard as a team to bring this vision into reality.

The building, which is the new home of the British High Commission, beat two other prestigious finalists, the UAE Pavilion and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, both located in Abu Dhabi and designed by worldrenowned architectural firm Foster+Partners to take home the prize.

Menara Binjai was designed by home-grown practice Veritas Architects. Said its senior principal Lillian Tay: “We started on this project seven years ago when awareness of sustainable and eco-friendly designs was in its infancy … even before the GBI green rating system was introduced.

“We are passionate about designing buildings for the future. We are aware of the impact every building has … we have made it our mission (that) our projects adopt sustainable design principles which are imperative in today’s world with diminishing natural and energy resources.”

Some of the green features in the 35-storey Menara Binjai include double glazed low-E glass windows, flexi-zone air conditioning with energy saving chillers, a destination-based lift system with power regeneration, energy-saving light and watersaving sanitary fittings, garden terraces on every three floors and a sky-garden on level 30.

Completed in July 2012, the building can save up to 25% on electricity and air-conditioning consumption through its energy-efficient operations.

The Cityscape Awards receive hundreds of entries from Asia, Qatar, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Latin America every year, which are automatically entered into the global Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets.

The ceremony was a feature of Cityscape Global, an event held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre where leading international and local real estate developers showcased their latest developments to attract potential investors.

 

Source: The Malay Mail

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