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The Government will consider providing incentives to those who build houses and facilities which adhere to the Green Building Index Malaysia (GBI Malaysia).

In respond to global climate change, the Government will focus on adaptation strategies to ensure sustainable growth and mitigation strategies to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

The Government in 10th Malaysia Plan (2011 – 2015) will ensure that Malaysia’s environmental assets and ecological resources are managed sustainably, so that present developmental needs are met without compromising the future.

In order to finance and promote sustainability measures, initiatives planned include:

  • Introducing Feed-in-tariff to help finance renewable energy investments
  • Providing fiscal incentives and funding for green technology investments
  • Promoting projects eligible for carbon credits

The National Climate Change Policy and the National Green Technology Policy were adopted in 2009 to address the pressing issue of climate change. Through these policies, Malaysia aims to implement strategies to move towards a low-carbon economy and achieve sustainable development.

There will be a push towards green technology through the National Green Technology Policy, in preparation for green products and services becoming the preferred choice for public procurement.

In addition, a Green Technology Financing Scheme amounting to RM1.5 billion was established to promote green technology.

To support this, the green technology financing scheme will continue to issue credit guarantees of 60% for companies developing or using green technology.

Firms will also be encouraged to meet Malaysian Standards and recognised international standards for goods and services such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points and Good Manufacturing Practice.

Environmental management is an incipient industry with substantial growth potential in green technology and will spin off new categories of professionals and new areas of specialisation for architectural and engineering services.

The key strategies to nurture the growth of this segment include:

  • Streamlining the Green Technology Council to drive the green technology agenda across multiple ministries and agencies which include regulatory aspects, developmental, awareness and promotion; and
  • Creating the environment and demand for the green technology industry to spur business opportunities for professional and service providers by:

–      Developing and enforcing regulations especially on energy efficiency in buildings for new developments;

–      Promoting investment in renewable energy to provide long-term contracts for renewable energy providers and create the spill over effects on the related domestic service providers; and

–      Promoting culture of conservation and efficiency in energy and water use.

GBI Malaysia was introduced on 3rd January 2009 at the Green Design Forum held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Buildings will be awarded the GBI Malaysia rating based on six (6) key criteria:

  1.     i.   Energy Efficiency
  2.    ii.   Indoor Environmental Quality
  3.   iii.   Sustainable Site Planning and Management
  4.   iv.   Material and Resources
  5.    v.   Water Efficiency
  6.   vi.   Innovation

Achieving points in these targeted areas will mean that the building will likely be more environment-friendly than those that do not address the issues.

Under the GBI assessment framework, points will also be awarded for achieving and incorporating environment-friendly features which are above current industry practice.

The assessment process involves an assessment at design stage (Design Assessment – DA) leading to the award of the provisional GBI rating.

Final award is given one year after the building is first occupied (Completion and Verification Assessment – CVA).

Buildings will also have to be re-assessed every three years in order to maintain their GBI rating to ensure that buildings are well-maintained. Buildings are awarded GBI Malaysia – Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified ratings depending on the scores achieved.

GBI will provide an assessable differentiation to promote environment-friendly buildings for the future of Malaysia. It is a benchmarking rating system that incorporates internationally recognised best practices in environmental design and performance.

-SNASH-

(this article written for 1BINA.my)