KUALA LUMPUR: Construction projects worth RM100mil and above will soon be given an environmental sustainability rating to encourage companies to think of designs that do less harm to the environment.
This comes following the launch of the Sustainable Infrastructure Rating Tool (Sustainable Infrastar) by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
The CIDB has also set a target of certifying 50% of new infrastructure projects as environmentally sustainable starting December 2020.
Works Minister Baru Bian said such a move is needed due to growing environmental concerns.
“In today’s environment, where climate change is happening at a rapid rate, we want smart infrastructure that brings economic benefits alongside environmental ones,” he told the media at the 19th CIDB International Construction Week held in conjunction with Asean Super 8 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec).
Sustainable Infrastar will rate an infrastructure's design based on six core criteria including its impact to the ecology and environment, the handling of material resources and waste, energy performance, its impact on society and culture, site land use, and will also take into a building's pre-design and pre-construction.
Projects will be ranked on a five-star rating system with five stars being the top mark.
Five projects are currently being assessed using the new tool such as a regional sewage treatment plant at Bandar Indera Mahkota in Pahang, the power generation plant in Sandakan, Sabah, the
Kahang Dam construction in Kluang, Johor, the Setiawangsa-Pantai Expressway and Section 4 of the West Coast Expressway that links Banting to Taiping.
Baru said eventually, smaller projects will be encouraged to use the tool to measure their impact on the environment. However, no timeline was set.
Separately, Baru said the government will put in measures to further boost the construction industry despite the challenging economic landscape.
Baru said he is optimistic of growth judging from the number of delegates at the 19th CIDB International Construction Week (ICW 2019) as well as ongoing work on mega projects such as the Pan-
Borneo Highway and the Central Spine Road (CSR), which is also known as the Kuala Krai-Kuala Pilah Highway.
"I hope this will give an additional push of confidence in the industry because at the end of the day, we can move forward with confidence and the backing of the government," he said at after the ICW 2019 opening ceremony on Tuesday (March 19).