CIDB and REHDA Collaborates to Promote Sustainability

REHDA and JKR pledge support to be part of MyCREST pilot assessment programme

KELANA JAYA, Mar 3, 2016: The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia and the Real Estate And Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA) Malaysia entered a momentous partnership today with the signing of a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to promote low-carbon and sustainable practices as well as to increase the deployment of the Malaysian Carbon Reduction and Environmental Sustainability Tool (MyCREST) amongst developers and construction industry players in Malaysia.

The signing ceremony was represented by Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid, the Chief Executive of CIDB Malaysia and Dato’ Ir. Soam Heng Choon, the Deputy President of REHDA.

Speaking at the event held at Wisma REHDA, Datuk Rosnah Binti Abdul Rashid Shalin, the Deputy Minister of Works, who witnessed the signing ceremony, said, “The Government is committed to growing the economy in a resilient, low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially-inclusive manner. This is in line with our sustainability goals under the 11th Malaysia Plan and it is essential for us to engage the private sector as key influencers to ensure low-emission developments.”

“The collaboration between CIDB and REHDA is an example of how the private and public sector can work together to push the Government’s green growth agenda. By encouraging the adoption of MyCREST, developers will consider green practices at all stages of their developments and mandate sustainable practices from a top-down approach. Ultimately, this will help to reduce the level of carbon emissions generated by the construction industry in Malaysia,” she added.

MyCREST is a sustainability rating tool introduced by the Ministry of Works through the Public Works Department (JKR) and CIDB, which aims to quantify and reduce carbon emissions in the construction sector. Through the adoption of MyCREST, industry players including developers will be guided to incorporate greater environmentally sustainable practices in their projects.

“As the leading representative body for property developers in Malaysia, we are committed to partner CIDB and promote the greater adoption of sustainability rating tools such as MyCREST. This will help ensure projects in Malaysia are planned and designed in a sustainable manner right from the conceptualisation phase and up to operation phase,” said Dato’ Ir. Soam Heng Choon, the Deputy President of REHDA Malaysia.

To mark the industry’s commitment to the partnership, REHDA members including its Sabah and Sarawak associates had pledged 20 of their projects to be assessed with MyCREST as part of the pilot programme to promote sustainable development of Malaysia’s cities, buildings and homes. Some of the projects include SP Setia Berhad’s Corporate Headquarters in Setia Alam, IJM Land’s Waterside Residence in Penang as well as Damansara Uptown One’s Uptown 1 project in Petaling Jaya.

Further to this, the Government has also ensured that MyCREST is adopted in all JKR public projects above the value of RM50million. In fact, two key public projects, namely Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA Selama in Perak and the Hulu Terengganu Polytechnic in Terengganu, will be assessed with MyCREST as part of the pilot project.

Other publicly-owned buildings included in this strategic initiative are the Energy Commission’s Diamond Building in Putrajaya, Majlis Amanah Rakyat’s Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA in Perak, the Malaysian Construction Academy in Sabah and CIDB’s newly constructed Complex in Johor and Sabah.

Datuk Rosnah further explained that the collaboration between CIDB and REHDA will stimulate greater focus on sustainability and encourage the construction of more green developments in the country. “One of the pressing challenges that needs to be addressed is the lack of compliance to sustainability standards in Malaysia. In fact, less than two per cent of buildings and infrastructures in Malaysia are rated with a sustainability tool . We believe that the level of carbon emissions from developments can be quantified and reduced if the take-up rate is higher,” she said.

“The introduction and promotion of MyCREST certainly adds a new dimension to the robust rating tool systems in Malaysia. With a comprehensive range of tools available in the country, this will only further promote greater adoption of such systems as the industry will be offered with more options to go green,” added Datuk Rosnah.

As part of the collaboration, CIDB and REHDA will be initiating regular awareness programmes to increase the understanding of the MyCREST green rating tools among developers and key industry players. GreenRE, a 100 per cent owned green initiative by REHDA, will also organise training sessions on a quarterly basis to provide accreditation to qualified green rating professionals. Furthermore, the collaboration also seeks for greater exchange of expertise and knowledge on sustainability between CIDB and REHDA.

The industry adoption of sustainability rating tools such as MyCREST is one of the key initiatives under the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP), in support of the Government’s sustainability goals. The CITP is a five-year plan formulated by the Ministry of Works and CIDB to elevate the standards of the local construction industry via four key thrusts.

Under the environmental sustainability thrust, the Government aims to ensure that 100 per cent of large infrastructure and building projects are rated with a sustainability rating tool and exceed the required standards.

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