Credit: Tianjin Eco-City

Is the dream home you will be living in a “future-proof” property? A property (building/house) that can stand the test of a future needs particularly on maintenance and upkeep cost as well as it impacts on your health and the environment.

Malaysians need to move faster in adopting greener technology according to Chairman of Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) sustainability committee and pro tem member of the Malaysian Green Building Council (MGBC) Ar Dr Tan Loke Mun.

“We need to make the transition fast whilst we still have energy resources such as oil and gas, and before the window of opportunity closes in on us,” Dr Tan said.

“Slow transition will be more costly in the long run and also ultimately endanger the current Malaysian way of life.”

From the Star Property report:

What is green building
A green building focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use – energy, water, and material – while reducing the impact on human health and the environment. This is achieved through better sitting, design, construction, operation, maintenance and removal.

Dr Tan Loke Mun (Photo: Star)

Green buildings should be designed and operated to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on its surroundings. Can the layperson on the street afford to adopt such a technology? Yes. There are many opportunities and many technologies and ways to achieve sustainable buildings. Many are common sense and logical and not costly.

What is Green Building Index (GBI)?
The Green Building Index (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 and our responsibility to the future generations.

The GBI rating tool provides an opportunity for developers and building owners to design and construct green, sustainable buildings that can provide energy savings, water savings, a healthier indoor environment, better connectivity to public transport and the adoption of recycling and greenery for their projects and reduce our impact on the environment.

GBI is developed specifically for the Malaysian-tropical climate, environmental and developmental context, cultural and social needs and is created to:

  • Define green buildings by establishing a common language and standard of measurement;
  • Promote integrated, whole-building designs that provides a better environment for all;
  • Recognise and reward environmental leadership;
  • Transform the built environment to reduce its negative environmental impact; and
  • Ensure new buildings remain relevant in the future and existing buildings are refurbished and upgraded to improve the overall quality of our building stock.

GBI was developed by the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) from August 2008. PAM worked with the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACEM) and with the full support from the entire building and property industry, was able to complete it within six months. GBI was officially launched by the Minister of Works on the 21st of May 2009.

In 2008, the need for the tool became apparent to architects and PAM because we started to encounter clients and customers who were asking for green buildings. That year also saw an incredible increase in the cost of fuel and power and that also made everyone more conscious of the need to build buildings that would consume less resource.

You can get more info from the website greenbuildingindex.org