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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Green developers to be rewarded

Signing off: Ahmad Fuad (second right) launching Platinum Sentral.

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is planning a incentive scheme to reward developers to design and construct green and sustainable buildings.

Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said DBKL was still in talks with the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry to implement the scheme to recognise and reward developers who construct buildings that could conserve energy and water, provide a healthier indoor environment, better connectivity to public transport as well as adopt recycling and green programmes.

Ahmad Fuad said the incentives could be in the form of reduction in fees paid to DBKL.

“We are still developing a mechanism for the scheme. Reduction in development charges and assessment fees are just some of the incentives that can be offered to developers and building owners.

“If developers can prove that their projects are green and sustainable, I think we should to give them some recognition,” he said after launching the Platinum Sentral building by the Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB) in KL Sentral.

Platinum Sentral is the first Platinum-rated building in Malaysia and Green Building Index (GBI) certified.

“We are happy to note that MRCB is spearheading green building development in KL.

“DBKL has made it compulsory for all new developments in the city to be in compliance with GBI.

“This is to ensure that all projects will not only be sustainable but are also people-friendly in terms of design and usability,” said Ahmad Fuad.

By The Star

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