In conjunction with MAPEX May 2019 and to align our efforts with KPKT to promote sustainable and affordable homes, GreenRE is excited to announce a 50% reduction in assessment fees for affordable home projects.
These projects can be assessed under the GreenRE residential building and landed homes standard that has been developed with a strong focus on energy efficiency. Energy efficient homes will have lower utility bills thereby reducing the financial burden of home ownership. GreenRE and REHDA are committed to supporting Malaysia’s sustainable development agenda.
This special rate was announced by REHDA President, Dato' Soam Heng Choo at the his opening speech at the HOC-MAPEX, 26 April 2019 Mid Valley Exhibition Centre
YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng with Dato' Soam Heng Choo and Datuk Ng Seing Liong
GreenRE participated at the recent ICW 2019 held at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur.
We also presented 2 papers at the Asean Super 8 Free Seminars:
GREEN BUILDINGS BRING BENEFITS: GreenRE leads the charge for a more sustainable and environment-friendly future (Article Featured on the star property 8 may 2019)
'Less than 1% of Malaysian building stocks are currently green certified – unlike Singapore and London which are approaching 40% to 60% – despite having certification standards around for more than 10 years.
The biggest hurdle has been the impression that green buildings are expensive, which is something that GreenRe is trying to dispel.
“If you apply the principles in our certification standards, especially the passive design principle, it can lower the construction cost,” said Ashwin, adding that it is about getting the architects and developers to orient the building in the right way and reducing the number of windows.
In tropical countries, heat gain is usually derived through the windows. Ashwin suggested having lesser air-conditioning spaces and incorporating more natural ventilation. He said investors should not only consider the current cost but the life-cycle savings as well.
“Environmentally conscious property buyers and users are emerging. The demand for green buildings in Malaysia will continue to rise,” he said, pointing out that in 10 to 15 years young people will demand green buildings as a minimum requirement.
According to Ashwin, there has been an increase in registration for GreenRE certification. Encouragingly, professionals such as architects and mechanical-electrical engineers are also inquiring about it. He believes there is a shift in the right direction, albeit a slow one.
“People are beginning to appreciate the cost savings in running a green building. We are getting more response from members of the public,” he said, adding that GreenRE has developed a user guide for converting abodes into green homes.'
Read the full Star Property Article HERE
Climate change has undeniable impact on the way we plan and manage the built environment, it is increasingly important to rethink our current development practices. Consequently, Malaysia has committed to the international community to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 40% from 2005 levels before 2020 and 45% by 2030. With the built environment being responsible for more than a third of these emissions in Malaysia, a structured and coordinated effort is necessary by all stakeholders in the sector to achieve these targets. With this in mind, GreenRE in collaboration with Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad (MCHB) ran a half day in-house seminar, ‘Introduction to Green Building Concepts-Why Go Green?’ at d’Tempat Country Club, Bandar Sri Sendayan. This half day seminar was also held in conjunction with the GreenRE-Matrix Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) initiative.
The seminar was well attended by 58 Matrix personnel, including Matrix Board of Directors and top management. Dato’ Haji Mohamad Haslah bin Mohamad Amin, Matrix Chairman, officiated the seminar. Topics covered included, Green Buildings and Townships 101, How does green building and township certification synergize with corporate sustainability reporting?, cost benefit analysis for green buildings and townships , legislation in Malaysia pertaining to green buildings and townships, health benefits of green buildings and case studies in Malaysia. Essentially, when you choose to build with sustainable objectives in mind, the development is able to protect the ecosystem, reduce emissions, improve air and water quality, conserve water, reduce waste and conserve and restore natural resources.
The presentations were well received and was concluded with an interactive Q & A Session and discussion. Matrix Directors, i.e. Dato’ (Ir.) Batumalai A/L Ramasamy and Dato’ Firdaus Muhammad Rom Bin Harun contributed productive sustainability input based on their previous experience as mayor of Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA), and director of Jabatan Pengairan Dan Saliran Negeri Sembilan (JPS) respectively.
This was a successful outreach programme, as GreenRE with the support of MCHB was able to communicate the vital need for sustainable development to a major player in the real estate industry. GreenRE aims to collaborate with other developers in the region to create awareness on green development amongst both industry members and consumers.