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Malaysia Green Building Confederation - An Introduction

Malaysia has undergone over 50 years of rapid industrialisation, recording between 5% to 9% growth annually. Unfortunately, most of that development has been unsustainable at best and there is a need for a holistic take on a sustainable approach to development

Evolution of the Malaysia Green Building Confederation

On the 05 May 2007, a group of like-minded companies gathered and had the very first meeting to discuss the formation of a Green Building Council for Malaysia. The name ‘Malaysia Green Building Council’ was soon coined by the core founding members and for the first time in the history of the country a concerted effort to spur and guide the local building industry in the direction of sustainable built solutions was mooted through a voluntary, not for profit and non-governmental organisation. However, in order to comply with the Malaysia Registrar of Societies’ requirement, the name was subsequently changed to “Malaysia Green Building Confederation”, thus maintaining the acronym of ‘MGBC’ to identify the organisation with the GBCs of the world.


MGBC’s vision is “To make Green buildings and Communities available to all Malaysians


Promote Green buildings for a sustainable built environment for everyone – transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.

It aims to involve policymakers, professionals, and the society at large, in the quest of transforming the building industry into one that respects our environment by embracing green practices.

In the Early Days

MGBC through its technical committee on rating tools, initiated and established the original framework as well as the initial criteria and categories of the Green Building Index (GBI). However, due to delays in meeting the requirements of the ROS and given the urgency of the matter at hand, PAM and ACEM contributed funds and resources to the development of a green building rating tool catered to Malaysia’s specific needs. In hindsight, placing the rating scheme under direct control of two professional institutions whose members come under the purview of the Board of Engineers Malaysia and the Board of Architects Malaysia turned out to be the best fit for the industry given the knowledge and expertise of the local building industry of the participants from these two organisations.

Key representatives from both of these organisations also became members of the core founding group of MGBC and reciprocally, key members of the MGBC currently sit in the PAM/ACEM Committee on Sustainability responsible for the development of the GBI.

In the interim, MGBC will play an active role in GBI by supporting, promoting and channeling industry input for the improvement of our very own locally grown green building rating tools.

The Government of Malaysia, through the patronage of MGBC by its Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water as well as by the Public Works Department of the Ministry of Works is supportive of an objective, unbiased and impartial Green Building Assessment and Certification Scheme professed and pursued by the MGBC through its continued support of the GBI. More than 550 buildings have signed up to be certified under the GBI and 214 have attained their GBI certifications (as of 31st March 2013).

Strong Partnerships

MGBC continues to work in partnership with various Professional Organisations, including The Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), The Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) as well as the ASHRAE Malaysia whose members form part of the make up of the first elected Board of the MGBC. Strong links with various Government universities has also been established and MGBC now has a representation of a diverse range of stakeholders including professionals, professional institutions, academicians, government organisations, developers, contractors, manufacturers and others related to the building and construction industry.

Promoting Sustainable Practices

MGBC promotes green building programmes, technologies, design practices and processes as well as green labels in embracing responsible sustainable measures and other green requirements for environmental, social and economic benefits. An emerging member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), MGBC is the only organisation in Malaysia endorsed and supported by WGBC.

MGBC as the lead green building NGO in Malaysia encourages the establishment of a Building Products Eco Label framework, and GreenPagesMalaysia represents the first step in the move towards this. Based on response received from the industry, indications are that the market is ready for an initiative such as the GreenPagesMalaysia for the listing of environmentally responsible green building products and services.

Members of the Core Founding Group:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Faridah Shafii
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Dato Prof. Ar. Dr. Elias Salleh
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Mr. See Hunt Soon
Bovis Lend Lease

Ir. Thirukumaran Jallendran
Bovis Lend Lease

Ar. Chan Seong Aun
Arkitek Dayaseni Sdn Bhd

Ir. Chen Thiam Leong
Primetech Engineers

Mr. Faizul Ideris
Roxul Asia Sdn Bhd

Mr. Sothi Lingan
Philips Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Ms. Chong Jin Lee
IEN Consultants Sdn Bhd

Mr. Poul Kristensen
IEN Consultants Sdn Bhd

Mr. Bu Teng Cheng
Putrajaya Perdana Berhad

Mr. Mak Hong Seng
Putrajaya Perdana Berhad

Mr. Tang Yee Hong
Putrajaya Perdana Berhad

Mr. Sim Chee Liang
Ajiya Berhad

About Us

The MGBC is supported by the professional, industrial and government sectors. It is well poised to lead our building industry in embracing responsible measures that would help realized energy savings, water conservation, a healthier indoor environment, better public connectivity, recycling of valuable resources and provision of greenery in developments.Learn More


If you are involved in some way or other in the building industry and you are concerned about the environment, you should join. Key stakeholders of the building industry such as developers, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, planners, interior designers, local authorities, academics and students are encouraged to take up membership in MGBC.Learn More

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An Efficient Way to Source for Green Building Products and Services. Listing in GreenPages Malaysia is exclusively for companies offering clear environmentally beneficial services and/or products. greenpagesmalaysia will be a publisher and not an accreditation body; we will not at this moment verify environmental claims made by the organisations listed against measurable criteria.Learn More