The Real Estate and Housing Development Association of Malaysia (Rehda) launched GreenRE, or Green Real Estate, a green building and carbon rating tool recently.
Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui officiated the launch.
GreenRE will assess a building’s performance in terms of energy efficiency, water efficiency, environmental protection, indoor environmental quality and carbon emissions of the development.
According to GreenRE organising chairperson, Sam Tan, GreenRE will debut with a residential version of the tool. Pledges for pilot projects have been received.
Several at GreenRE’s launch were perplexed as to how it compared to Green Building Index (GBI), which is an existing Malaysian green rating tool, developed by the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) in 2008.
In fact, within the local construction landscape, there are already several green rating standards besides the GBI. These include the BCA GreenMark from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority, and the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system.
According to architect Dr Tan Loke Mun, director of Archicentre Sdn Bhd, who was one of the ten members instrumental in setting up the GBI, it is still premature to comment on the tool a it is in its early stages, but a matter of concern would be the identity of those who will conduct the certification.
In the case of GBI, certification is conducted by GBI facilitators and certifiers, administrated by Greenbuildingindex Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PAM and ACEM.