Archive for July, 2007

Green homes and sustainable living in Malaysia

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Green homes, a relatively new home living concept to the local Malaysians, is beginning to make foray into the local housing scene. In recent months, Malaysia’s conglomerate and leading housing developer, YTL Land has taken a lead in preserving environment via its Bird Island project [Video] and has also announced its first green architectural competition in a move to encourage more home designs that promote sustainable living.

In Kuala Lumpur, another housing developer, Putra Perdana Development Sdn Bhd is carving a niche in designing and constructing energy-efficient buildings and has recently launched its D’Heron at the Lakes, a niche bungalow development located at Putrajaya offering green home features which received good response. More at Good response seen for green homes .

In Penang, team went for a quick search recently on the availability of such new green homes during the recent MAPEX 2007 organized by REHDA Penang but found that there isn’t any housing schemes in Penang with green home features in their housing designs yet. In a related significant event, the Nationwide Environment Awareness Campaign 2007 was launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia at Queensbay Mall, Penang two weeks ago urging Malaysians to save the environment. The Prime Minister has also urged housing developers and builders to pay heed to conscious planning to preserve the environment. Unlike Singapore which has already introduced the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Building Master plan as well as providing incentives to encourage developers to embrace green housing technology for sustainable development- related link at Buildings going green with style and savings, Malaysia has yet to introduce such green master plan to encourage more local developers to follow suit. Like other industrialized countries in the world, Malaysia is facing similar environmental problems such as haze (Video), water pollution, unmanaged waste, global warming etc. Major cities of Malaysia ie Putrajaya- Kuala Lumpur, Penang have already recorded raising temperate caused by developments.

On the local front, the local council of MPSP Penang has recently conducted a Green Productivity workshop under the LA 21 initiative for the factories in Perai Industrial Area in a move to encourage more factories to adopt green productivity practices. More info on Green Productivity. The Malaysia government has also recently launched a program called Suria for Developers offering financial reward to the property developers that can come up with the best sustainable, eco-friendly housing development which incorporates solar panels or building integrated photovaltic (BIPV). The BIPV is an initiative by the Malaysia government under the 9th Malaysia Plan and implemented by Pusat Tenaga Malaysia under the stewardship of the Energy, Water and Communication Ministry.

As house buyers are increasingly discerning and environmentally conscious, they become selective and are demanding for better quality houses with eco-friendly features like the D’Heron at the lakes at Puterajaya by Putra Perdana apart from the primary factors such as location, pricing, architectural design and facilities when buying new homes. For aspiring home owners and house buyers, the next time you register for a new home with any housing developers for their upcoming projects, voice out that you wish to own a house that incorporates green home features and eco-friendly too !!

Read more for Green tips here and here! or participate in the upcoming seminar on 7th August 2007 a) The building industry’s solution to sustainable development or b) Regional conference on 5-7th November 2007Conference on Sustainable Building South East Asia – Theme : Strategies for Implementation.

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched the Nationwide Environment Awareness 2007 at Queensbay Mall, Penang on 8th July 2007.

Queensbay Mall, Penang

Recommended update link : Go green for a brighter future.