Green Building Experts to Converge at International Event in Malaysia

3 October 2017, Kuala Lumpur – The International Urban Sustainability & Green Building (IUSGBC) Conference 2017, organised by Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC) in conjunction with International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM), showcases Malaysia’s lead in ASEAN with over 180 million square feet of green buildings, and its commitment to become a green community by 2030.

Aptly themed Powering Green Cities, and supported by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), IUSGBC IGEM will be held from 11th to 12th October at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The event will bring together more than 30 international and national speakers from leading organisations in green building and sustainable built environments such as the World Green Building Council, UK Green Building Council, Hong Kong Green Building Council, IHUG Australia,Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), Malaysia Energy Services Company (MAESCO), Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA), the Czech Republic’s Ministry of the Environment and Think City.

IUSGBC IGEM is also attracting participation from international players such as Lafarge, Knight Frank, Terreal, JCE International, Swinburne University of Technology, Hijjas Kasturi, Genting Malaysia Berhad, NYK Engineering and Ecoworld. Delegates from the entire Asia Pacific region have confirmed their participation.

Recognising the growth potential in green building in the region, Ir. Ahmad Izdihar Supaat, President of MGBC, said, “It is not about how much potential green building has in Malaysia, it is actually a question of can we actually afford not to build green. We are fast approaching the point of no return for climate change, and green buildings are not a choice but a necessity.”

Divided into two tracks – Finance & Green and Health & Wellbeing – IUSGBC IGEM will facilitate an exchange of knowledge on the latest global developments, opportunities, challenges and success stories in the green building industry.

In addition to reducing operating cost, green buildings can be delivered at comparable cost to conventional building with the right design. Track 1, Finance & Green, will provide insights into the monetary benefits of green buildings, including funding that is available for green buildings, reducing green building lifecycle cost and increasing the values of green buildings to the end-user.

“Mainstreaming green development is becoming more critical. Over the years, we’ve learned that moral and ethical arguments are not enough to spur green development, especially if it means paying more for it. At IUSGBC-IGEM, we’ll hear from experts from the world over on how we can reduce green development cost while increasing its value. Green developments are more financially advantageous for both developers and consumers than conventional ones, we just need to share this knowledge,” added MGBC Honorary Secretary and IUSGBC Committee Chair Tang Chee Khoay.

Employees are the most valuable resource in most organisations, typically accounting for 90 per cent of business operating costs, so even a one per cent improvement in productivity can have a major impact on the bottom line and competitiveness of any business. Track 2, Health & Wellbeing, is the response to increasingly important research on how office design affects the health and wellbeing of occupants in many ways, and that the smart business move is to create more green buildings.

Dr Zalina Shari, MGBC’s Research Committee Chair, added, “The MGBC Research Committee is committed to promote research that supports the national vision on sustainability. We identify, regularly reassess critical research needs for market transformation and develop strategies for effective dissemination of existing research relevant to the greening of the built environment. We are particularly excited about research and programmes that help advance our understanding and awareness on how our workplaces really affect us as human beings.”

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