Developer aims for gold with green building efforts

Xxxxxxxxxxx: (From left) Senior Strategic Design Manager Gan Heng Fey and Strategic Design Manager Loh Hong Chee showing the green features in the Tree Sparina scale model. Pic by Gary Chen. April 25, 2014.

IDEAL United Bintang Bhd (IUBB) is targeting to obtain the gold Green Building Index (GBI) certification for the Tree Sparina and Solaria projects in Bayan Lepas, Penang.

IUBB senior strategic design manager Gan Heng Fey said in an interview that solar panels and rain harvesting systems were among the green facilities that would be installed for the projects.

The RM375mil Tree Sparina, comprising 548 condominium units, is the first phase of the Ideal Vision Park project, while the RM300mil Solaria, a commercial cum residential high-rise scheme, is part of the One Residence project.

Gan said to get the gold GBI cer-tification, the aim of the projects was to obtain 83 points from the GBI panel, comprising representatives from the Malaysian Institute of Architects and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia.

“The panel will look at the design and the material used.

“Both the projects would be designed to have a north-south orientation, so that the units could avoid sunlight penetration from the west and east.

“We will also use aluminium screens for all the balconies to further reduce sunlight penetration.

“Lighter colours will also be used for the facade of the buildings to reduce heat absorption,” he said.

Gan said piling works had started for Tree Sparina, which was already sold out since the launch a year ago.

“The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

“We have also received overwhelming registration for Solaria, which will be launched soon,” he added.

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