New semi-D homes, bungalows and govt buildings must have green feature, says Chor

Posted on June 14, 2011. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-The Star-

KUALA LUMPUR: New semi-detached homes, bungalows and government buildings must be installed with a rain water harvesting system under a regulation in the Uniform Building by-laws to make the green feature mandatory.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the National Council for Local Government, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, approved the new by-law on May 23.

“Such a feature will allow owners of these premises to conserve rain water and use it to water plants, wash cars and for other purposes,” he said at the Green Solution for Property Development Conference 2011: Greener Cities yesterday.

He said developers who failed to include the feature in these buildings would not be able to get approval for their building plans.

On existing buildings, Chor said owners were encouraged to install the feature.

Chor also urged developers, architects, engineers, valuers, real estate agents and those concerned about the environment to attend the conference on July 28 at Sunway Hotel Resort and Spa in Petaling Jaya.

“Conference delegates will be able to learn the latest green initiatives they can adopt to save energy and protect the environment,” he said.

The event is jointly organised by Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Housing (Earoph) Malaysia and the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Institute.

Earoph Malaysia deputy president Datuk Eddy Chen Lok Loi said locals would have to change their lifestyle after the increase in power tariff.

He said the conference organisers would set an example by using water containers instead of bottles and going paperless by sending out e-notices.

For enquiries or registration, call 03-7803 2978 or e-mail Nur Syahiidah Burhanuddin at syahiidah@rehdainstitute.com or Musli Sahimi at musli@rehdainstitute.com.

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