CIDB: Low awarness on IBS technology

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  • Tuesday, 23 Feb 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Although the use of Industrial Building Systems (IBS) is a technological force that has many benefits, there is little acceptance of this form of property construction technology and awareness among property buyers, says Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) senior general manager Datuk Elias Ismail.

“It is a quality, safe, energy-efficiency way of building and construction, and can help to modernise the building industry.

“But now, it is only demanded and used by those who are building properties at the higher end.

“Those who want affordable housing/social housing must also demand for the same high quality,” Elias said at a round table session to debunk the myths and misconception of IBS.

Elias said IBS could help to reduce house prices, the most pressing issue besetting the housing sector.

CIBD has been building model houses using IBS since 2006.

It has been talking about using IBS for a long time, even before house prices began to spike, but there is resistance, he said.

“Developers prefer to continue building properties in the traditional way.

“The traditional way of building means everything is done on site, the cement is mixed there, the bricks are laid, the timber is cut and nailed at the construction site. However, with IBS, it is different.

The different parts of the house are manufactured in a factory and transported to the site where it is assembled. This is a far more efficient and modern way of building and it is also faster.”

Elias said there is a need for awareness and training of construction workers.

There is also the element of transportation cost. If there is economies-of-scale, IBS can play a huge role in helping to reduce the price of housing and in the country’s social housing, he said.

Depending on the system being used, different parts of the house, or the modular units are transported and assembled on site.

“It is possible for IBS to play a bigger role as the country struggles with housing affordability issues. It can also result in bringing down the cost of houses. But the question today is how?”

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