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Ministry boosts green building concept

on 03 Ogos 2010.

KUCHING: With Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak taking the lead in retrofitting Wisma Perdana to be a green building, others will also follow, said Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin.

He was speaking after launching the mentor programme of 1 Ministry 1 Higher Institute of Learning at Universiti Sarawak Malaysia (Unimas) yesterday.

He said the retrofitting in Wisma Perdana had started and would be completed by next June.

Wisma Perdana was expected to save some RM1.5 million on electricity per year, once the retrofitting was completed, he added.

With this and the retrofitting to be carried out on Wisma Sumber Asli, as well as the completed works at Diamond Building and Wisma Tenaga, Teknology Hijau and Air, four federal department buildings are included in the green building index.

Earlier in his discussion with Unimas students, Chin brought up the concept of a green building index by citing his ministry's building as an example. He said after retrofitting the ministry building into a green building, it has been able to save as much as RM700,000 a year on energy usage.

The green building features include architectural design that naturally lowers the temperature inside the building.

When the internal temperature needed to be cooled, it should be just low enough to be comfortable.

"Then there is the use of glass so that skylight can go through to save on lighting. There are also solar panels to harvest solar energy as well as a feature to harvest rain water."

Chin said there was also a censor to turn off the light or dim it when there was no one in a room.

"Energy-saving computers and bulbs are also used. Then there is the central district cooling system, which we share with other building rather than having our own compressors."

He also said that Malaysia was the third largest producer of solar panels in the world.

Chin also announced an allocation of RM605,000 for Unimas to implement its Green Energy Island project in the campus.

Extracted from The NST Online: Ministry boosts green building concept

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