KUALA LUMPUR: The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has been directed to come out with a working paper on the implementation of the Industrialised Building System (IBS) or prefabrication system for housing and building construction.
Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the directive was given after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi stressed the importance of affordable and quality housing for the people.
Abdullah would like more studies to be made to improve the cost-efficiency of IBS construction at the micro or project level, he said.
He said the CIDB was working closely with developer, Encorp, which had completed the construction of 10,000 units of teachers quarters in 109 locations nationwide, 10 months ahead of schedule, using the prefabrication technology.
CIDB was in the process of completing its study on overall construction productivity using IBS, Samy Vellu said in a statement.
He said an IBS survey showed that 30% of all completed buildings between 1998 and 2002 had used IBS technology.
Samy Vellu said Malaysian contractors were doing quite well abroad and had been using IBS technology, in particular the pre-cast concrete box-girder segments and bridge beams for highway projects.
He said eight Malaysian contractors had completed 17 projects in India, valued at RM1.04bil, with 11 involved in highways, two in water supply, one in fibre optics, two in geo-technical and one off-shore construction.
Malaysia can also reduce the outflow of ringgit and prevent social problems with illegal workers when it implements the IBS system, he said.
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