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Mayor briefed on thermal insulation of buildings
Published on: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The Malaysian Green Building Confederation (MGBC) Sabah Chapter led by Chairman Mok Juang Yu paid a courtesy call to Datuk Mayor Yeo Boon Hai on Jan 6 to brief him on the Malaysian Standards MS1525 on thermal insulation of buildings.

Mok said the latest Uniform Building By-Laws 1984 which was amended and gazetted on Aug 18 last year has mandated the compliance of minimum thermal insulation of building roofs and envelopes.

Although the bylaw was only adopted by the Fire and Rescue Department here in Sabah, MGBC strongly recommended City Hall adopt the relevant clause 38A to reduce the amount of heat gain in buildings.

"For example, a typical Malaysian office building consumed 250-300 kWh/m2/year, whereas a MS 1525 compliant building is 200-220 kWh/m2/year," he said.

MGBC also noted that from data collected by Green Building Index over the last 10 years, the minimum thermal insulation prescribed by MS 1525 can be achieved with zero cost if the buildings were designed so at the early stage.

This is usually done by building orientation, minimum windows facing east and western sun, sunshade devices and others.

Yeo noted that reduction of carbon footprint has been a hot issue in recent years, and during the UN Climate Summit in New York, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has vowed to reduce 40 per cent of the national carbon footprint by 2020.

Yeo reaffirmed his ongoing commitment to a greener KK City, and ruled that all new buildings (both residential and non-residential) shall comply with MS 1525 from August 2017 onwards.

MGBC Sabah Chapter also extended an invitation to Yeo to the MS1525 Seminar and Workshop on Feb 18.

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