Saturday, November 3, 2012

IEM Training Centre to have green building features according to GBI

Another green building in the making?

The IEM Training Centre in Kota Kinabalu (KKIP) is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, and it will have both passive and active features of green building according to the Green Building Index, GBI rating system.

According to the rating system, buildings will be awarded the GBI rating based on 6 key criteria:
  1. Energy Efficiency (EE)
  2. Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)
  3. Sustainable Site Planning & Management (SM)
  4. Material and Resources (MR)
  5. Water Efficiency (WE)
  6. Innovation (IN)

According to IEM Sabah branch chairman, Ir. Lo Chong Chiun, the centre at the KKIP will have a 2-storey 16,000 square foot building comprising 6 classrooms and one auditorium. The building was planned to be utilised for capacity building and continuing professional development (CPD) at both the professional and sub-professional level.

Continuing professional education is important in view that the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) is in the midst of drafting amendment to the Registration of Engineers Acts with the indentation of accrediting, empowering, and at the same time regulating the sub-professionals to ensure specified quality and standard.

On the issue of globalisation, BEM had already made amendments to the Registration of Engineers Act to accommodate the liberalisation of professional engineering services and a road show of the amended Engineers Act 2012 would be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at The Pacific Sutera, Kota Kinabalu.

Myself and few other colleagues will be attending the seminar entitled "Proposed Amendments to The Registration of Engineers Act 1967 due to Liberalisation"

The Green Mechanics: The setting up of a training centre is timely and is in line with one of the key result areas on human capital development. Making the centre a green building (well, almost) is a good gesture from the engineers towards preserving mother nature.

Let's hope that more private/government bodies and individuals will emulate such effort.


FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

green buildings...mmm not easy :) but good effort

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Rapunzeel Cikilolo said...

yup. a lot research to be done :)