12 Jul 2013 11:19

(Attn Editors, repeating story sent on July 3 with changes and additional info in graf 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.)

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is on the right track in its efforts to increase the country's green development credentials with 137 projects having been certified as of the second quarter of this year, according to BEX Asia 2013 organiser, Reed Exhibitions.

BEX Asia is Southeast Asia’s premier business platform for the green building and construction industry.

"Since 2008, BEX Asia has taken the lead to drive the industry's green movement by providing a platform for regional interaction," Project Director of Reed Exhibitions, Louise Chua, said in a statement.

"Through the provision of this platform to facilitate the exchange of technologies and ideas, we hope to be able to help propel the industry to its next stage and encourage companies to take a more integrated approach in terms of adopting green technologies and methods," she said.

Reed Exhibitions said more than 50 million sq ft of building space have achieved Green Building status since Malaysia began practising certification using the fully-Malaysian Green Building Index (GBI) tools.

The tools were introduced by the Malaysian Architects's Association (PAM) and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia in 2009.

The statement said that new efforts such as the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB)'s new planning guidelines for green construction and the green building and carbon-rating tool developed by the Real Estate and Housing Developers's Association (Rehda) fitted closely with its Asean and Asian neighbours in focusing on the future of green technology in development.

Besides Malaysia, other countries in the region such as Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines also have green initiatives that will serve to enhance the quality of life for their citizens, it said.