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Wednesday June 13, 2012

Chinese green building expert to share expertise

PETALING JAYA: In the effort of promoting a greener and more efficient living environment, Green Building Index Sdn Bhd (GBI) had invited the senior vice president of BROAD Group from China, Juliet Jiang, to share her expertise in building a green building efficiently at the Green Building International series 2012.

This Chinese construction company completed a 30-storey tower that currrently serves a hotel in Hunan province in 15 days. The video of this project had drawn the attention of millions of Youtube viewers since it was posted.

“We hope the focus is not just on the amount of time taken to complete this project. We would like to emphasise that we do not compromise quality in the process and would like to highlight the sustainability technology behind it,” Jiang said in a statement.

“The building had passed the resistance test of a level nine earthquake. It conserves energy of up to five times compared with that of a conventional construction, and provides air that is 20 times purer than the traditional buildings through our innovative air purification system.”

The accomplishment is made possible because 93% of the building materials are manufactured in the factory. The company welcomes global franchisees to adopt this model and build such factories locally. In supporting the company's value to be green, the factory should be located no more than 500km from the construction site.

There are currently six factories in China in different provinces. Besides China, BROAD Group has also set foot in India. These franchisees have made full payment for the transfer of technology which costs US$34mil for a population of 10 million and US$50mil for a population of 50 million.

Architect Dr Tan Loke Mun, one of the GBI Accreditation Panel, opined that the compressed period of accomplishing a construction project would reduce the work hazards faced by construction workers on the site, wastage and traffic jams.

“Financially, this will help construction companies save up on interest costs,” he said.

The organiser of the series hopes that Malaysians will be inspired to make a difference to create a more sustainable and efficient living environment through this kind of innovation.

“All parties ranging from the consultants to the end users will benefit if the span of construction projects are cut. This can reduce the number of abandoned projects,” Tan said.

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