Prototype of affordable housing unit unveiled

Key to success: (From left) Northcote with Fadillah and Dr Judin.

Bayer Co (M) Sdn Bhd on Monday announced the completion of a prototype house built at the Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB) Industrialised Building System (IBS) Show Village that is part of the Affordable Housing Project undertaken together with CIDB.

The project is a result of a partnership established in 2013 between Bayer MaterialScience and CIDB to promote sustainable construction in Malaysia.

Built on a 2,000sq ft site provided by CIDB, the model house, which was commissioned last August, was completed within five weeks. The project also marks the successful technical cooperation and knowledge sharing between Bayer and CIDB for a more sustainable construction sector in the longer term.

“We are in the process of evaluating the implementation of this technology by building 200 homes in Kedah, based on the concept of sustainability. The Energy Efficient building solution from Bayer MaterialScience will be combined with renewable energy solutions in close cooperation with other Bayer MaterialScience business partners such as Philips, Schneider and local builders,” said CIDB chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Judin Abdul Karim.

Richard Northcote, executive committee member responsible for sustainability at Bayer MaterialScience said, “The completion of the model house brings us a step closer in our aim of contributing towards sustainable development and to enable better access to affordable and comfortable housing to those who most need it, especially low-income families.

Promoting sustainable construction: Representatives from the Works Ministry, Bayer, CIDB and PU Profile posing outside the Bayer and CIDB Affordable Housing Project’s Model House.
Promoting sustainable construction: Representatives from the Works Ministry, Bayer, CIDB and PU Profile posing outside the Bayer and CIDB Affordable Housing Project’s Model House.

“We are delighted that Bayer MaterialScience’s expertise in products and technology for the construction sector, as well as our sustainable construction materials, are able to help make sustainable housing in Malaysia a reality.”

Bayer MaterialScience is Bayer’s high-tech materials division and one of the world’s largest polymer companies. The company produces composite construction materials that have insulation properties to make homes cooler, flood- and fire-resistant, and able to withstand strong winds.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who was present to unveil the completed model house said, “This Affordable Housing Project is in line with the Government’s aim to build one million affordable houses for the people. I am very pleased to see the strong collaboration between Bayer MaterialScience and CIDB to provide us with affordable solutions to tackle the issue of housing shortages and meet the need of both low-income segment of the population, as well as society at large”.

With Bayer MaterialScience’s affordable housing solution, houses are built using lightweight polyurethane composite panels that can be installed easily and quickly. The solution enables construction time to be reduced as much as 35% compared with using precast concrete. The panels can also be easily loaded into standard family-sized trucks, to facilitate construction even in remote areas.

The polyurethane panels have excellent insulation properties to make the house more energy-efficient by reducing temperature inside the house, leading to lower electricity consumption, as well as reducing carbon footprint.

According to Judin, going forward CIDB would continue to leverage on Bayer’s technical know-how and expertise in line with its recently proposed establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Infrastructure that would serve as a knowledge-sharing platform to promote better living conditions and community well-being.

“Sustainability forms an integral part of Bayer MaterialScience’s business strategy, and we are firmly committed to the principles of sustainable development. We look forward to continuing to use our expertise in innovative products and technological know-how to bring about affordable and comfortable housing and to partner with CIDB to drive sustainable construction in the country,” added Northcote.

Other partners who contributed towards the development of the model house include PU Profile Sdn Bhd, a polyurethane products manufacturer that constructed the model house using Bayer’s expertise in innovative products and technology, Square Panels, and Philips Malaysia which sponsored lighting for the house.

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