KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia will ensure the availability of a comprehensive suite of sustainability rating tools for construction industry players to adopt.
It is also to ensure their infrastructure better withstands the impact of climate change.
Senior General Manager of Technology Development Sector Datuk Elias Ismail said industry players often overlooked the usage of sustainable construction materials, flood mitigation systems and maintenance in mitigating the impact of a harsh environment.
“The Malaysian Carbon Reduction and Environmental Sustainability Tool (MyCREST), a rating tool, can enhance the resilience of the industry players’ projects.
“It aims to quantify and reduce carbon emissions and environmental implications while taking into account a more holistic life-cycle view of the built environment,” he added, in a statement.
He said the government’s goal in the five-year plan of the Construction Industry Transformation Programme launched in September 2015 is to ensure that 100% of large infrastructure and building projects are rated for sustainability and exceed the stringent requirements.
Elias said at present, the take-up rate of sustainability rating tools in Malaysia was low, with only 2% rated for environmental sustainability.
“We are also reviewing major rating tools in the world to introduce a sustainability and resilience rating tool for infrastructure by this year.
“The new tool will be the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia and the emerging world,” he added.
He said the Works Ministry had mandated that all large public projects implemented by it under the 11th Malaysia Plan must subscribe to a sustainable rating tool.