Integrative Green Building Concept in Jakarta, Will It Stand a Chance?

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Green building concept has always been in close relations to energy and water conservation. In Indonesia, where energy and water from natural resources are abundant, the concept should be easily applied. Apparently, though, it is not as easy as imagined. “Green Building never stands alone. It has to be integrated with policy from the government and how the architects, developers, investors, and designers are able to collaborate with engineers and mechanical engineers to reduce energy and water consumption,” said Naning Adiwoso, Chairperson of Green Building Council Indonesia (GBC Indonesia). She also emphasizes on education for industries to produce a green product that embodies less energy, less water and without toxic.

In addition, Edy Lim, Green Design Practitioner and Architect, sees that specific site identifications such as site orientation to global coordinate, micro-climate, site vegetation, energy resources, governmental urban building guideline parameters, the nature site, surrounding traffic, and surrounding building context should be helpful to promote the concept. Equally important is the knowledge about today’s green technology applications, which can formulate and simulate the data to achieve a model of highly efficient green building performance, together with the implementation strategies.

The Battle and The Obstacle

The strategies to generate the concept have been discovered. However, there are some difficulties that follow. Regarding to Jakarta market, Edy has found that the difficulties lie in the availability and viability of digital application to generate the simulation. He also stated that the governmental policies to implement the specific integrated green building tools still don’t cover all types of building.

Even more, Edy and Naning have the same opinion about people’s mindset that holds back the deployment of integrative green building concept. Edy is concerned that some people haven’t realized the benefits of building sustainability and environmental health. Likewise, Naning notices a lack of deep understanding that everyone needs to save this planet. “It’s a battle between economic, social and environmental purposes. It’s a battle between ego and working together. A willingness of a person to commit to green living,” stated Naning.

Along with the difficulties, there are also some challenges. “I think the biggest challenge is on how to rethink or to keep defining the concept of integrative design, which is understood to be an endless process of findings and adaptations to the changes,” explained Edy. On the other hand, Naning emphasizes on ways to make people target the same aims and goals to save the planet, lowering the production of green house gases through going green.

Government Policies as a Gleam of Hope

Government policies have been expected to play the role as a foothold for integrative green building concept dissemination. The concept, with its parameters, has to consist of development certification, construction certification grant and development inspection. Continuous education for stakeholders, the public, and even among government employees is important as well.

To spread the importance of the concept, Edy and Naning have several ideas from their point of view. Naning notices the benefits of making a road map, clear regulation, reinforcement, national blueprint, that integrate policies from all government sectors and collaboration within country region so the concept can be applied holistically. She believes education through seminar and dissemination within national scale is equally necessary.

At the same time, Edy realizes that the process of redefining the existing building standards and green building tools to be more integrative and adaptive to all specific site contexts should be done shortly. He also thinks that media such as TV or magazine can spread the awareness effectively. He points on mix commercial residential complex such as central park development in West Jakarta as a good example in concept application. The complexity of combining several types of development and infrastructure with massive open green space is the key of the consideration. By comparison, Naning chooses PT. Dahana building at Subang as a good example of doing integrative green building concept. This building has succeeded in applying most points in Greenship rating tools and certified as the first Green Building by the GBC Indonesia.

The Future of Integrative Green Building Concept in Jakarta

Positive insights from two prominent figures lead to the question: Is there any chance to see integrative green building concept survive in the future of Jakarta?

“Jakarta will always be the jewel for people to find better jobs. The integrative green concept is certainly to help places with very high complex issues such as Jakarta to be more livable, environmental friendly place of living,” said Edy Lim. Furthermore, Naning Adiwoso said Jakarta has a good start in green building mandatory regulations. As the demand for green buildings grows, more cost saving in investment and operation, in this case, would be impossible to implement without integrative building design.  ( – YTA)

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