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How Sustainable Design Is Changing Our Cities

How Sustainable Design Is Changing Our Cities

As the country’s first-ever development to be awarded the 5-Diamond rating for its low-carbon city framework, Gamuda Cove serves as a foundation to leapfrog Malaysia towards a greener future.

Akmal Hakim

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More than half of the world’s population call major cities and urban areas “home”.

Here in Malaysia, we have over 8 million people living in the Greater Klang Valley area alone. The number is only expected to grow as more and more people move to the cities seeking better economic and social opportunities.

But rapid urbanisation is undoubtedly contributing to climate change and the overall climate crisis that’s looming over our heads.

(Credit: Ishan @seefromthesky via Unsplash) 

According to estimates, the world’s urban areas account for around 70% of global greenhouse gas or carbon emissions that are produced by our industries, transportation networks and the burning of fossil fuels for electricity.

However, low-carbon cities present an opportunity for us to offset our greenhouse gas emissions for a more sustainable future.

These modern cities are designed to minimise our carbon footprint, reduce our overall impact on climate change and are envisioned as healthier, more livable places.

This is to be done by focusing on the protection of biodiversity and better urban planning through the development and further management of low-carbon cities.

Townships like Gamuda Cove are some of the best examples of how low-carbon cities can function to make Malaysia’s urban areas a sustainable place to live.

As the country’s first-ever development to be awarded the 5-Diamond rating for its low-carbon city framework, Gamuda Cove serves as a foundation to leapfrog Malaysia towards a greener future.

Nestled between the lush refuge of the Kuala Langat Forest Reserve and the expansive Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands, Gamuda Cove is designed to integrate nature with the best of modern technologies to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The township strives to provide residents with a sense of community, better connectivity, and conveniences through sustainable urban planning, utilising greener construction practices and encouraging mass transit.

Homes in the township are built using pioneering Digital Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) in which digital design tools, robotics and prefabricated construction methods are used to minimise Gamuda Cove’s carbon footprint by utilising fewer building materials, less labour, energy usage and lower emissions by producing zero to no waste.

Besides having convenient access to major highways leading to and from Kuala Lumpur, Gamuda Cove will be facilitated by a tram network within the township and the upcoming toll-free Cyberjaya link.

This is to provide residents and visitors with seamless connectivity and easy access to the township’s amenities and recreational areas like the SplashMania water park, Discovery Park, and retail and entertainment areas like Townsquare with other scenic sites across town.

The town is also connected by 75km of pedestrian walkways and cycling paths, providing residents with green mobility as well as easy and safe access to anywhere in town without the need to take their carbon-burning cars, and instead, partake in some healthy calorie-burning practices.

(Credit: Gamuda Land)

Being dotted with natural landscapes like forest parks, lakes and wetlands, Gamuda Cove also functions as a green lung, providing residents with access to clean, fresh air and acting as a natural sponge to keep the surrounding area cool during the hot season and dry during instances of heavy rains and floods.

To date, there are over 500,000 trees planted all over Gamuda Cove with plans to have over 1 million trees growing all over the town to make it a cleaner, greener place to live.

(Credit: Gamuda Land)

Low-carbon cities like Gamuda Cove present a great opportunity for Malaysians to reduce our impact on climate change and create a better, more convenient urban environment.

So just imagine waking up every morning to the scents, sights and sounds of a tropical spring day, where nature is right by your doorstep, and where everything you need is merely a quick walk or tram ride away.

That’s the kind of living that Mio Spring @ Gamuda Cove offers to those looking for a vibrant and dynamic neighbourhood to call home.

(Credit: Gamuda Land)

With a focus on minimalism, Mio Spring’s garden terrace homes feature biophilic design elements that blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Each abode in Mio Springs provides ample room for residents to create a comfortable dream home with its own private garden attached — perfect for multi-generational families, big or small, to have the privacy and space to bond and grow.

(Credit: Gamuda Land)

Priced from RM780,000 onwards, Mio Spring’s two-storey Japanese-themed homes provide residents with the perfect setup for a modern and active lifestyle surrounded by natural beauty as well as the convenience of a well-planned township.

Enjoy a blissful evening strolling through Mio Spring’s exclusive Pollinator Garden or spend the night out on the town with Gamuda Cove’s many leisurely amenities.

(Credit: Gamuda Land)

Take a virtual tour of Mio Spring terrace homes, HERE, or click, HERE, to discover how developments like Gamuda Cove are changing the way we design and sustain our future homes and cities.


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