Green Building Road Map for Iskandar Malaysia

July 13th, 2013 by

green buildingIn line with Iskandar Malaysia’s vision to become a strong sustainable metropolis of international standing, building green means improving the design and construction standards so that buildings will last longer, reduce long run operational and maintenance cost, and offers healthy indoors and out door working environment. This is one of the basic enablers for world class business environment and one of the criteria sought by international companies.

Malaysia’s climate which is hot, wet and humid has been dealt with in the Green Design and the application of green building improves the issues of maintenance in the long run which include ensuring better indoor air quality (issues of moulding), encourage maintenance and regular testing of building equipment (fire detector) and reduce operation cost of buildings such as air conditioning and lighting.

This green concept is not new in Malaysia but unfortunately not many understand it fully and willing to become a partner in the Green Design program. Base on PAM’s engagement with other local authorities in Malaysia such as DBKL, MPPJ and others, the local governments have shown their support to these initiatives. This is a professional initiative and approved by Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (MEGTW or KeTTHA) as well as Malaysia Energy Centre (PTM), a federal level agency. This Green Building Master plan unlike Singapore’s GREENMARK, is professional initiative and promoted by PAM and Association Of Consulting Engineers, Malaysia (ACEM).

Therefore, it is essential for Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) to become a partner and assist in promoting this initiative in Iskandar Malaysia in line with one of RMK-9 key thrusts towards energy conservation. IRDA should also enroll to be a member to the Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC) to show support and commitment towards Green Green Building Road Map for Iskandar Malaysia Design. This initiative will immediately address the followings in Iskandar Malaysia (IM):

a. Enabler for foreign investors as well as local investors to go Green with clear policies and guidelines
b. Reinforce trust to stakeholders for going green with intervention of government agencies such as IRDA, Johor state and local authority.
c. Facilitate and provide directions to the local authorities for accessing Green Design by interested developers.
d. Being competitive as the first choice to live, play, work and do business in the region.

Introduction

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is the coordinating agency to plan, promote and facilitate the development of Iskandar Malaysia (IM) region toward a Strong and Sustainable Metropolis of International Standing.

To be a Metropolis in very near future many new buildings and built environment will be established without forgetting the current and old establishment which had been built long time ago. In addition, the environment need to be continuously monitored of pollution by emission from the people and industry especially from transportation. Therefore there is a need for guidelines to be established to monitor the buildings and built environment including environment for future Green Building to be built and established within IM.

Purpose and Objectives

Buildings, Cities and the Built Environment are the products of our civilization including what are being developed now and future in Iskandar Malaysia (IM) region. Unfortunately, they contribute significantly to green house gas emissions and need to be re-designed and re-engineered to reduce their negative impact on the environment.

The purpose of this blueprint is to respond to the current global warming which prescribes to reducing the amount of carbon emission to the air which can be achieved among others by energy efficient buildings, reduction of transportation uses and effective construction methods. This will also align with IM’s vision to be “A Strong and Sustainable Metropolis of International Standing” as highlighted in the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).

The objective of this initiative is:

i. To align with the key thrust in Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP ) which is to create liveable communities that encompass 2 quality buildings (offices, commercial and residential), adequate facilities, quality services and a healthy, safe and lively environment;

ii. To deliver and demonstrate IRDA’s priority with regards to Environment and Sustainability and formulate actions towards global warming, climate change and environmental protection; and

iii. To uphold competitiveness of commercial and residential products within this region which lead to Iskandar as first choice to live, play and do business.

What is Green Building?

Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient through a building life-cycle. These processes are from sitting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction (source : MGTech).

The purpose of this Green Building is concerning the economy, utility, durability and comfort.

What are the benefits of Green Building?

The benefits of Green Buildings are:

i. Green Building is designed to save energy and resources, recycle materials and minimize the emission of toxic substances throughout its life-cycle;

ii. They harmonize with local climate, traditions, culture and the surrounding environment;

iii. Green Building is able to sustain and improve the quality of human life whilst maintaining the capacity of the ecosystem at local and global levels;

iv. Green Building have many benefits, such as better use of building resources, significant operational savings and increased workplace productivity; and

v. Building green sends the right message about a company or organization – that it is well run, responsible, and committed to the future

vi. Improvement of design that addressed Malaysia’s climate which is hot, wet and humid

vii. Improvement of construction practices so that the buildings we renovate and build today will last longer, cost less to operate and maintain and will not harm the health of workers or residents

viii. Application of Green Building improves the maintenance in the long run which include ensuring better indoor air quality (issues of molding), encourage maintenance and regular testing of building equipment (fire detector) and reduce operational cost of buildings such as air conditioning and lighting.

ix. Building green is not only good for IM residents, workers enterprises and communities but also tackles the climate change issues.

This article is part of the Green Building Road Map for Iskandar Malaysia which can be downloaded from our Download Section. You can download the full article here.

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