Malaysia: The Prime Minister’s Office Effort to Optimize The Green Building Index

The RM110 million transformation of Putra Perdana, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), into a certified green building by KFM Holdings Sdn Bhd and its energy management solutions partner Schneider Electric, is on track to be completed by mid-2014.

KFM CEO Nurolamin Abas said the project, which is a private finance initiative (PFI), aims to achieve 90 possible points in the green building index (GBI).

The GBI is Malaysia’s industry recognised green rating tool for buildings to promote sustainability in the built environment and raise awareness among developers, architects, engineers, planners, designers, contractors and the public about environmental issues.

The GBI rating tool evaluates the sustainable aspects of buildings that have been divided to residential and non-residential.

Buildings are allocated points for compliance with specific design or building practices. A total of 100 points are available if all credits from all categories were to be achieved.

“The project started as a concession in October 2011, where we started with the facilities management project at first and then we worked towards the execution of the project.

“We have embarked on the construction of the project due to be fully commissioned by May 2014,” Nurolamin told reporters at a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The PMO now meets GBI requirements to be certified platinum status in the design assessment stage, scoring about 86 points.

“The RM110 million will be utilised in six key areas, namely energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, sustainable site planning and management, material and resources, water efficiency and innovation which are components in the GBI framework. The bulk of the fund will be spent on energy efficiency,” he said.

KFM now manages 10 million sq ft of assets worth more that US$2 billion (RM6.58 billion).

It operates in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Abu Dhabi and Dubai while Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management offering integrated solutions across multiple market segments.

Through a strategic partnership, both companies have undertaken the task of transforming the PMO into a certified green building, retrofitting it using Schneider Electric’s building management system to achieve up to 40% energy saving.

The retrofitting project is estimated to save RM2 million in kilowatt usage per year as compared to the current RM6 million annual bill of the PMO and is the largest retrofitting project for government buildings in Asia.

“In the sharing model under the PFI, the government has no obligation to pay the private party until the private party proves and delivers its products, services or project.

“So until we can prove and achieve GBI platinum rating certificate, we will not get any payment from the government,” Nurolamin pointed out.

In terms of physical completion, he said the project will be completed by this year, however in terms of producing the platinum rating itself, it will require the building to be at the level of performance required and present the audited logged data to the GBI council to get platinum rating by May next year.

“For a small company like ours, the hardest part of this project is to raise funding and to convince the bank to take the risk with us as this is a pioneer project for the company.

“However, we managed to fund the project internally and financial partner Bank Pembangunan Bhd has stood by us in this venture. Malaysian companies can grow by taking risks and not expecting handouts,” he said.

Source: The Malaysia Reserve

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