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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Menara Binjai wins sustainability award

KUALA LUMPUR: Menara Binjai has emerged as the first Malaysian building to win the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets 2012 for the Best Sustainable Development Award (Built).

Designed by award-winning Malaysian firm Veritas Architects, Menara Binjai, clinched the top spot in the coveted sustainability category, beating two other finalists; the award-winning UAE Pavilion in Abu Dhabi by Tourism Development and Investment Corp and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (M.I.S.T) by MASDAR. Both buildings are designed by Foster and Partners of the UK.

The award ceremony was held on October 3 in Dubai.

Chua Guan-Hock, a director of the developer Khor Joo Saik Sdn Bhd attributed the win to the board and consultants who worked hard as a team.

"This award is extremely meaningful and a stamp of approval of the tower's outstanding sustainability, as a market leader in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region. Competing and winning against outstanding developments adds to the satisfaction of this acknowledgement," Chua said.

Menara Binjai, a 35-storey green office tower, located right next to Ampang LRT station, is the first dedicated officer tower in Malaysia to be awarded dual green certification - Malaysia's Green Building Index Design Assessment for GBI Certification and a Green Mark Gold CerPficaPon (Provisional) by Singapore's Building and Construction Authority.

The office tower was completed in July 2012 and new tenants, which include the British High Commission have already begun moving in.

Menara Binjai's energy-efficient operations through the materials used and features allow up to 25 per cent savings on electricity and air-conditioning consumption.

Cityscape Awards reward excellence and celebrate outstanding performance in real estate and architectural design across emerging markets globally.

Regions and countries considered emerging markets are Asia Pacific (excluding Japan, New Zealand and Australia), Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Africa and Latin America.

By Business Times

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