The green building certification should be made mandatory in Malaysia since it is a useful tool in enhancing sustainable construction activities and development in the country, according to Cement manufacturer Holcim Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Mahanama Ralapanawa, CEO of Holcim, said the certification system will ensure that green construction practices and eco-friendly materials will be adopted by the entire industry.
He noted that now is the opportune time to learn the concept of sustainable construction, especially by industry players, as current practices are not sustainable.
"Developing green buildings is relatively new not just in Malaysia, but throughout Asia. However, awareness on the importance of green buildings is growing."
The principle of sustainable development encompasses not only environmental issues but also economic and social concerns. It also takes into account the well being of the present and future generations.
Although major strides were being undertaken in the building materials segment, irresponsible choices are still being made due to cost considerations and lack of awareness, he explained.
He added that there is an urgent need for the government to include green construction practices in its development strategy, as more projects and more projects are being undertaken such as the Mersing Laguna and Johor Waterfront City, plus the further expansion of Iskandar Malaysia.
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