KUCHING (Bernama) – Only one building in Sarawak has been rated under the Green Building Index (GBI) and the state government wants more constructed structures to attain such certification, Sarawak Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said yesterday.
He said the Menara Sarawak Energy Berhad building here was the sole recipient of the silver-level rating under the GBI last year.
Initiated in 2009 as a rating tool to promote sustainability and awareness on environmental issues in building construction, the GBI now had four levels of certification, the highest being platinum and followed by gold, silver and normal, he said.
“On the way is the UCTS (University College of Technology Sarawak) campus in Sibu, which is targeting a platinum rating, and the new Sarawak Museum is targeting a GBI-certified rating,” he said at the opening of the Green Buildings and Parks World 2014 conference.
“The certification is based on energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, sustainable site planning and management, materials and resources, water efficiency and innovation,” he said.
Manyin said developers or project owners’ lack of knowledge on sustainable construction and perceived high initial cost would impede the efforts to promote green buildings.
“I see this conference as an essential start to spearhead the green building initiative, government policy formulation and industry roll-out, spreading the mindset that a green building is the standard building method,” he said.