Malaysia: 389 registered GBI projects in Malaysia

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Selangor is leading in terms of having the largest number of registered green building index (GBI) projects, totalling 166, with Kuala Lumpur following closely behind (117).

The rest of the states or territories pale in comparison, with Penang having 31 registered GBI projects, Putrajaya (21), Johor (16), Malacca (10), Pahang and Negeri Sembilan (six each), Sabah and Sarawak (five each), Perak (four) while Kelantan and Kedah have one each.

This brings to a total of 389 registered GBI projects in Malaysia. Of this, 125 of them have been certified. The 125 figure includes the latest batch of certified projects announced at the recent Eco-B Workshop 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

They are:
> Tun Razak Exchange (township) under the platinum category, the highest classification for GBs under the GBI. This brings to a total of six projects falling under this category. 1Malaysia Development Bhd chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Azmar Talib received the certification from Datuk Loo Took Gee, secretary general of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.

> Bandar Rimbayu, formerly Canal City (township) under the silver category, thus contributing to a total of 19 projects under this category. IJM Land Bhd CEO and managing director Datuk Soam Heng Choon was present to receive the certification.

> Ken Rimba (township). Its certification was received by Ken Rimba Sdn Bhd (KRSB) managing director Sam CS Tan.

> Ken Rimba Legian Residences (residential new construction or RNC). KRSB communications manager Grace Lai received the certification from Loo.

> First Residence (RNC) where TSI Domain Sdn Bhd group managing director Datuk Lim Seng Kok was present to receive the certification.

> Hotel Penaga (non-residential) under the gold category, the second highest classification under the GBI, where its certification was received by Pelindung Dahan Sdn Bhd director Dr Hijjas Kasturi.

> Digi Technology Operation Centre (non-residential), which also falls under the Gold category. This brings to a total of 28 projects under this category. Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd head of communications and corporate responsibility Joachim Prasanth Rajaram received the certification on behalf of the centre.

> Lam Soon Distribution Centre (industrial new construction or INC). Lam Soon (M) Bhd executive director Kuek Bak Heng received the certification from Loo.

As of March 15, 116 projects have also been given provisional certificates, said GBI accreditation panel chairman Boon Che Wee at the workshop.

He sees it as a very important milestone with over 50 million sq ft of gross floor area of buildings in Malaysia certified by the GBI rating tools—which is equivalent to 198,776 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission reduction.

Boon said the GBI assessment criteria for residential would be launched by the second quarter of this year.

In the GBI rating tools for the accreditation of township projects, this is done in collaboration with the local authorities while for the INCs and industrial existing buildings, it works with the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers.

The rating criteria for a GBI township involve six areas: climate, energy and water; ecology and environment; community planning and design; transportation and connectivity; building and resources, as well as business and innovation.

As Malaysia Green Building Confederation president Looi Hip Peu put it, “GBs are here to stay. You cannot ignore them if you are in the building industry.”

World Green Building Council founding and committee member Nellie Cheng said its newly released report, The Business Case For Green Building, showed that GBs can easily attract more tenants as well as command higher rentals and sale prices.

They can help to save money through reduced energy and water consumption besides lowering long-term operations and maintenance costs.
In addition, green design attributes can improve the occupants’ productivity, health and well-being.

Investing in better indoor environments can also lead to better returns on one of the company’s greatest assets—that is, its employees, the report revealed.

Source : The SunDaily

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