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PUBLISHED: Jun 2, 2014 7:00am

Asian dignitaries turn to Malaysia for green inspiration


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First of its kind in Southeast Asia, the Green Energy Office building is surrounded by 3ha of land. It is constructed using advanced green technologies — a combination of Energy Efficient, Renewable Energy and Rain Water Harvesting System. — Pic credit GreenTech Malaysia

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Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) recently hosted 65 dignitaries from 12 central and west Asian countries at its Green Energy Office, one of Southeast Asia’s most energy efficient buildings.

The countries included, among others, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Armenia, it said in a statement released here yesterday.

The visitors comprised representatives from the Ministries of Energy, Finance and Economy/Planning as well as utility companies and financial institutions.

They attended the “Energy Efficiency Training Seminar: Central and West Asia” held here earlier by the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Programme, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the US Agency for International Development.

During the visit, GreenTech Malaysia’s chief executive officer Ahmad Hadri Haris said: “We are very pleased that our Green Energy Office, regarded as a showcase of innovative sustainable building, continues to attract interest from even outside Malaysia.

“At GreenTech Malaysia, we consider this a fantastic opportunity as besides introducing the dignitaries to the sustainable features of our office, we were able to discuss and exchange ideas on how we can collaborate to promote the adoption of green technology, not only in our respective countries, but also collectively in the region.”

GreenTech Malaysia’s Green Energy Office is Southeast Asia’s first such building to integrate energy efficiency and renewable energy, making it an ideal platform to showcase green designs.

It was specifically designed to be energy efficient with an energy index of 30 kWh/m2 per year as compared with a typical conventional office building of 250 to 300 kWh/m2 per year.

ADB director, Energy Division, Central and West Asia Department, Rune Stroem, said the visit was indeed timely as this was an integral part of the seminar on energy efficiency technologies, solutions and best practices.

“Being here at the Green Energy Office gives our participants the opportunity to experience first-hand how green technology and energy efficiency can be applied architecturally.”

The Green Energy Office utilises a building energy management system to monitor all energy consumption and generation activities, ensuring the building operates at optimum efficiency.



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