Sime Darby Property continues to raise the bar for sustainable real estate

(From left) Green Building Index (GBI) general manager Andrew Kong, GBI Board chairman Abu Zarim Abu Bakar; Sime Darby Property head of business (Unit 6) Chung Chai Yin and Sime Darby Property head of township (Ara Damansara) Mohamad Ashreen Abdullah at the certificate presentation ceremony commemorating Cantara Residences’ accomplishment.

ARA DAMANSARA: Sime Darby Property Bhd continues to elevate the sustainable real estate space with two globally recognised certificates for its efforts in environmentally friendly property development.

The company’s Cantara Residences has been awarded a Gold Rating in the Residential New Construction category by the Green Building Index (GBI) Accreditation Panel.

GBI is Malaysia’s first comprehensive rating system that is recognised internationally and benchmarked against international standards such as the World Green Building Council (WGBC).

Adding to its laurel is the Elmina Central Park in City of Elmina which has also bloomed into an internationally certified arboretum as verified by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum.

The 121.5ha park is now officially certified as a ‘Level II arboretum’ after surpassing the minimum requirement of 100 species of woody plants and providing a valuable service to the public through various education and awareness initiatives.

Sime Darby Property's group managing director Datuk Azmir Merican said these recognitions demonstrate the company’s commitment to upholding high standards of sustainability.

“Sime Darby Property’s bold and substantial commitment to sustainability has supported our goal of being the nation’s leading property developer.

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to driving progressive action and being the leading voice in keeping sustainability at the core of real estate,” said Azmir.

These accreditations add to Cantara Residences' and the City of Elmina's successes. Located in the distinguished township of Ara Damansara, the family-oriented Cantara Residences was bestowed with the World Silver award for the Residential Mid-Rise category at the 2023 FIABCI

World Prix d'Excellence Awards, where City of Elmina also emerged as the World Gold Winner in the Master Plan category.

“As a Force for Good, Sime Darby Property continuously emphasises sustainability as a hallmark in everything we do and stand for.

“We also work with partners who have the right expertise to safeguard and conserve the environment, starting at our own developments,” he added.

Sime Darby Property is steadfastly on track to transform from a pure-play property developer into a real estate company by 2025, with a focus on being a master developer, community builder, as well as an investment and asset manager.

Led by its purpose to be a value multiplier for people, businesses, economies, and the planet, Sime Darby Property’s dedication also extends beyond property development, as the company moves to foster vibrant and enduring communities that enhance lives for generations to come.

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