2019 REPORT HIGHLIGHTS 6 KEY CRITERIA INDICATING EFFICIENT BUILDING ENVIRONMENT

Nong Chik Institute and Johor Port Authority (LPJ) Office Latest to be Documented as
Green Buildings in Iskandar Malaysia

ISKANDAR MALAYSIA, 9 OCTOBER: The ‘Built Environment Efficiency Assessment 2019’ report or ‘CASBEE Iskandar’ highlights 6 key criteria that will indicate the environmental performance of a building.

“A building that has excellent green features and structures will not only have a positive impact on the environment but will also be advantageous for the owner in terms of economic and social benefits. This is why international green building assessment tool like CASBEE is vital for a strong and sustainable international metropolis, such as Iskandar Malaysia. This ensures that the businesses investing and people living here will benefit from a more holistic working and living condition,” said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority.

The report uses the ‘Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficient’ or CASBEE as the assessment tool which uses these 6 criteria – Indoor Environment, Quality of Services, Outdoor Environment, Energy, Resources & Materials, and Off-site Environment.

‘CASBEE, which originated from Japan, is based on the concept of environmental efficiency or eco-efficiency in terms of built environment efficiency (BEE). It takes into account the level of quality within the targeted built environment while accounting for environmental load outside the targeted built environment. At the same time, the CASBEE assessment can determine a building’s carbon emissions.

Both the Nong Chik Institute and Johor Port Authority’s (LPJ) office were assessed using CASBEE and received a 4-star rating (out of 5) and hence have been certified as green buildings in Iskandar Malaysia.

Datuk Ismail added that when a community building like Nong Chik Institute and a government office like Johor Port Authority office building receive international certification for its environmentally friendly features, it’s a true reflection of the successful adoption of Iskandar Malaysia’s low carbon society agenda.

For YB Tan Chen Choon, the Johor State Exco Chairman for Local Government, Urban Wellbeing and Environment, “Collaboration is the key in implementing ‘green’ initiatives such as CASBEE. The completion of these new CASBEE Iskandar projects signals the successful transfer of expert knowledge and technologies from Japan to Johor and hence, the initiative is listed as one of the main priorities to be carried out under the Johor Low Carbon Council (JLCC),” after witnessing the handover of the ‘CASBEE Iskandar’ report from IRDA to Johor State Investment Centre (JSIC).

Earlier today, YB Tan Chen Choon also officiated the CASBEE Iskandar training module which was attended by local authority representatives from whole Johor and attracted the interest of major developers and private sectors to participate in the training module.

The CASBEE Iskandar training module is a collaboration and organised by the Johor State Government, via JSIC, together with Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA); the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA Malaysia) under the Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Low Carbon Asian Research Centre; and the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation (IBEC), Japan.

YB Jimmy Puah, the Johor State Exco for International Trade, Investment and Utilities who was also present to witness the handover ceremony of the ‘CASBEE Iskandar’ report, added that the CASBEE tool is very important in promoting low carbon and green economy development not only in Iskandar Malaysia but also Johor. With the tool, Johor can continue to promote and attract more green investments and industries into Johor.

This latest assessment is a collaboration between Johor State Government via Johor State Investment Centre (JSIC), Iskandar Regional Development Authority Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the Institute of Building Environmental and Energy Conservation (IBEC), Japan.

IRDA will continue to work with IBEC Japan and the UTM Low Carbon Asia Research Centre to promote the CASBEE Iskandar activities not only in Iskandar Malaysia but also in Johor and perhaps other parts of Malaysia.

A report from ‘World Green Building Trends 2018’ (wordlgbc.org) highlights that business with new green building recorded an 8% decrease over a 12-month operating cost. In the same year, these businesses also reported a 7% increase in asset value.

The same global study also pointed out that the 5 top social reasons for building green are to promote improved occupant health and well-being, encourage sustainable business practices, increase workers productivity, create a sense of community and support the domestic economy.

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