JOHOR BARU: The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is urging contractors in Iskandar Malaysia to ensure cleaner worksites and enable projects to be completed ahead of schedule.
CIDB chairman Tan Sri Jamilus Hussein said it was time for Malaysia to use the Industrialised Building System (IBS), which had been used widely in countries such as South Korea, China and Japan in recent years.
“We need to follow suit,” he said, adding that IBS promoted cost efficiency, a clean working environment and faster project completion time.
He was speaking to reporters after launching the IBS Contractors Development Programme here on Wednesday.
Jamilus explained that IBS was a construction technique in which components were manufactured in a controlled environment (on-site, off-site), transported, positioned and assembled into a structure with minimal additional site work.
“Out of 1,400 contractors in Johor, only 4% use the system.
“Since 2008, only 51 contractors in the state have been reported to use the IBS system in their building projects,” he said.
He said the number were expected to improve in time.
“In Iskandar Malaysia alone, builders are required to use IBS in 70% of the construction components,” he said, adding that Iskandar Malaysia would definitely benefit from the use of the system.
Contractor Yap Keat Yee said the IBS contractors programme was a good way to improve the construction industry in Malaysia.
The 39-year-old said he had been in the business for 15 years and was eager to learn better ways to do things.
“IBS is a good method because it reduces pollution and building costs,” he said.
“I am confident of incorporating the system in future high-rise projects,” he added.
Another contractor, Wan Muzzammil Muzaffar, 30, said he was intrigued by IBS.
“Most contractors here don’t use IBS,” he said.
He was willing to try out the system, however, as there seemed to be a lot of benefits.