Green Building Index Malaysia (2024): Ultimate Guide for Office Tenants

Green buildings are gaining traction rapidly, and the status of Green Building Index (GBI) in Malaysia plays a pivotal role. In recent years, GBI has been a driving force in promoting and recognising sustainable building practices across the country.

From offices and residential developments to commercial and industrial complexes, GBI certification has become a mark of distinction, signifying a commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. These buildings not only contribute to a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment for occupants but also demonstrate a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of the built environment.

What is the Green Building Index in Malaysia?

The Green Building Index (GBI) in Malaysia is a rating system for green buildings, assessing buildings based on their environmental performance. The GBI index is well-known as a voluntary scheme that encourages sustainable design, construction, and operation of buildings.

GBI Assessment Criteria

he GBI Assessment Criteria are a collection of standards used in Malaysia to assess the environmental performance of buildings. Points are given based on 5 criteria and buildings with 50 and above points are considered GBI-certified – starting from ‘Certified’ (50-65 points) to Silver, Gold, and the highest rating of Platinum.

Energy Efficiency: This category evaluates the energy efficiency of the facility, including the use of energy-efficient appliances and equipment, the use of renewable energy sources, and energy management practices.

Indoor Environment Quality: This pivotal category serves as a comprehensive assessment of the indoor surroundings, aiming to evaluate and enhance the overall well-being and productivity of the inhabitants.

Material Resources: This area evaluates the building’s material use, including the use of recycled materials, locally sourced resources, and products with a minimal environmental impact.

Sustainable Site Planning and Management: This area evaluates the building’s environmental impact, including its use of green space, stormwater runoff management, and usage of sustainable transportation choices.

Innovation: This category evaluates the unique characteristics of the building that contribute to sustainability, such as the usage of green roofs, rainwater harvesting systems, and energy-efficient technologies.

Water Efficiency: This category evaluates the building’s water efficiency, which includes the use of water-efficient appliances and fixtures, water conservation techniques, and rainwater harvesting practices.

List of Buildings with GBI Certification

Numerous buildings in Malaysia have achieved GBI certification, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability. Some notable examples listed by PHB include:

Menara BT, Bangsar South

menara BT

Menara BT is located in a prime location in Bangsar South, close to a variety of amenities and transportation links, making it easily accessible by public transport. It is also located close to a number of restaurants, shops, and hotels. 

Menara 1 Sentrum, Kuala Lumpur

Menara 1 Sentrum

Menara 1 Sentrum embraces environmental responsibility by employing eco-friendly building materials and practices, effectively reducing the project’s carbon footprint and conserving resources.

Office Tower @ D’Pristine, Medini

elevate medini d'pristine office tower

Office Tower @ D’Pristine, Medini exemplifies low carbon growth principles, promoting resource efficiency, social inclusivity, and environmental quality. The building is also a great choice for businesses that are looking for a building that is managed by a team of experienced professionals.   

Benefits of Green Building Index Qualification

In today’s world of environmental consciousness and corporate social responsibility, businesses are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact and promote sustainability. There are many reasons why businesses should choose GBI-certified office spaces. Here are just a few:

Reduced environmental impact: GBI-certified buildings are designed to minimise their environmental impact by using energy-efficient appliances and materials, reducing water consumption, and diverting waste from landfills.

Improved occupant health and well-being: GBI-certified buildings provide a healthy and comfortable indoor environment for occupants by using low-emitting materials, providing ample natural light and ventilation, and maintaining good indoor air quality.

Enhanced productivity: Green buildings prioritise superior indoor air quality, with advanced ventilation systems and the use of low-emission materials. As a result, employees in green buildings experience fewer sick days, contributing to a more consistent and robust workforce.

Lower operating costs: The combined impact of energy efficiency, water conservation, and reduced maintenance costs can lead to significant savings on operating expenses for businesses that occupy GBI-certified buildings. These savings can enhance a company’s financial performance and make it more competitive in the market.

Increased property value: GBI certification elevates a building’s appeal to tenants and buyers, leading to increased rental rates, higher sale prices, and ultimately, enhanced property values. Landlords and developers who invest in GBI certification can reap the rewards of a more sustainable and profitable investment.

Key Takeaways

The Green Building Index (GBI) is a Malaysian-based green building rating system that recognizes buildings that excel in various categories such as material resources, water efficiency and innovation. Explore PHB GBI-certified properties today and experience the harmonious blend of environmental responsibility and modern living. 

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