Malaysian construction industry has taken a big leap towards the Green Movement by launching its own ‘Green Building Index’ (GBI) in 2009. GBI is designed specifically for Malaysia’s tropical climate, keeping in mind the social, infrastructural and economic development in Malaysian context and at the same time incorporating high priority global challenges.
A Green building focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use – energy, water, and materials – while reducing building impact on human health and the environment during the building’s life cycle, through better sitting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.
Buildings to be rated are divided into the following categories:
- a. Non Residential Existing Building (NREB)
- b. Non Residential New Construction (NRNC)
- c. Industrial Existing Building (IEB)
- d. Industrial New Construction (INC)
- e. Residential Existing Building (REB)
Buildings are rated on six different criteria:
- Energy Efficiency (EE)
- Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)
- Sustainable Site Planning & Management (SM)
- Material & Resources (MR)
- Water Efficiency (WE)
- Innovation (IN)
Buildings are awarded GBI Malaysia Ratings depending on the scores achieved by them
|76 to 85||Gold||National Excellence|
|66 to 75||Silver||Excellent Practice|
|50 to 75||Certified||Good Practice|
Benefits of getting GBI Certification
Green building practices can reduce a building operating cost by as much as 9 percent, increase building values by 7.5% and realize a 6.6 percent increase in return on investment.
So green buildings don’t just make sound ecological and environmental sense – they make sound economic sense too. Besides this government has also announced certain tax benefits for green building constructions.