Show of thanks for going green – Metro News

THE annual Anugerah Bangunan Hijau is a form of acknowledgement by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) of environmentally-friendly building concepts and practices.

A total of six commercial and six multilevel residential buildings were recognised at the Bangunan Ceria programme ceremony in Dewan Sivik, Petaling Jaya.

Submissions were judged based on the adoption of the Green Building Index (GBI) rating system namely, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, sustainability and management, materials and resources, water efficiency as well as innovation.

MBPJ deputy mayor Johari Anuar said the awards acknowledged those who had complied with the council’s GBI regulations.

“We hope it will encourage other industry players to adopt environmentally-friendly features in their designs.”

He added that other green initiatives by MBPJ included assisting seven schools to utilise rainwater harvesting and utilisation systems.

Evaluation panel chief Serina Hijjas said many cities around the world had committed to constructing carbon neutral buildings by 2030.

“MBPJ’s initiatives towards a greener nation is a timely response towards climate change and the rise in carbon emissions,” she said.

A total of 10 commercial and eight multilevel residential buildings were entered for evaluation.

Commercial building winners were Centerstages Services Suite Block B (energy efficiency), Menara OBYU Point 92 (indoor environmental quality as well as sustainability and management), Avenue De Vogue (water efficiency) and Dialog Tower (innovation).

Tropicana Garden Bayberry (energy efficiency and innovation), Ara Green (indoor environmental quality), Arnica Services Apartment (sustainability and management), Verde @ Ara Damansara (water efficiency) emerged as winners for multilevel residential buildings.

All winners were presented with cheques for RM2,000 and certificates of achievement.

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