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The Chapter was represented by Ar.Ho Jia Lit & Ar.Yong Ming Cheong in the morning of 18 December 2010 at Zone Kota Kinabalu office Sembulan.

A total of five (5) numbers of 10 tons fire engines were handed by the Ministry of Housing & Local Government from Kuala Lumpur to the State Government of Sabah, together with seven (7) numbers of utility trucks for multi-purpose tasks. The handing over ceremony was attended by fire officers & departments from all zones & districts throughout Sabah.

The representative of the Director General of Fire Services in delivering his address believed that the fire fighting capability of Sabah based operations will be greatly enhanced. Couple with additional training & resources made available, all sectors of the fire department have been upgraded. 

Besides, with the launching of PGO (Pusat Gerakan Operasi), CLC (Community Learning Centre), MESS (Bilik Mesyuarat Khas untuk Pegawai Kanan) & GYM centres, the facilities & set-up has been modernized. In particular, the fire department is now able to monitor the whole Kota Kinabalu district via satellite images and communications network on any urgent notice for fire operations.

Encik Khiruddin Bin Drahman, the Director of Fire Services in Sabah, nevertheless conceded that fire fighting is always a losing battle with losses of lives and properties whenever fire officers are engaged in fighting fire. He informed that they practiced the three (3) Hs at the fire department. Head, Hand & Heart. Head stands for knowledge to prevent fire, Hand stands for action to prevent fire while Heart stands for compassion for aftermath of any fire out break.

Lastly, the Director thanked all parties involved in this ceremony. He believed that fire fighting is always a partnership that requires co-operation from the public. 

The ceremony ended with a tour of the facilities incorporated into zone Kota Kinabalu office at Sembulan & refreshment served. 

Reported by Ar. Yong Ming Cheong

On 18th December 2010, PAM has successfully organized an interesting seminar on “Shikkui, Landscape, Colour in Environology and The Outlook Forecast 2011” held at Le Meridian Hotel, Kota Kinabalu. The seminar attended by 60 participants includes architects, QS and graduate members.
 
Ms. Carlee Liew, the Marketing Manager of Kansai Paint (M) Sdn Bhd introduces the paint and invited Chapter Deputy Chairman, Ar. Lo Su Yin to deliver his welcoming speech.
 
The first session of the seminars was about “Shikkui” presented by Pn. Julina Zainal Abidin, the Chairman of Malaysia Paint Manufactures Association. According to speaker, Shikkui has Anti-virus Properties in Construction Industry as our environments are affected biologically, chemically and physically specially indoor environment.
 
The pollutions has affected the employers and the staff especially in office. Therefore, the paint can ease the impact by using Shikkui as the finish surface as shikkui can eliminate the formaldehyde and make environmental friendly.
 
The second session was by the founder of Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (MINGS), Prof. Master David Koh about Environology and Colour. According to the speaker, colour is last to apply but first to be seen.
 
Nowadays, colour is useful in environment because colour can be use in light, pigment, sensation, language, energy and even medicine. As the speaker is a practitioner, everyone have their own GUA and every GUA have different season love and different colours.
 
After lunch break, the MC invited the last speaker; Ms. Vivien Wong, the Marketing Consultant of Kansai Paint Sdn Bhd, to present her slide about latest trends of wall. Each product of the wall has different specifications and benefits. The product was:-
 
1. Cera Tica
2. Cera Brush Fine
3. Cera Gratti
4. Cera Strand
5. Cera Fine Pray
6. Cera Alumini
7. Cera Pitted
8. Cera Stone
9. Cera Grande
10. Cera Sheen
 
Once again Prof. David Koh to deliver his presentation about Outlook Forecast 2011. In this session, the speaker briefed all about the outlook for 2011 prediction on many sectors include Economy, Weather, Investment and Politics. As the ending of the seminar, Chapter Chairman, Ar. Ho Jia Lit thanks to all the participants and to Kansai Paint Malaysia Sdn Bhd on their generous sponsor for the interesting seminar on behalf of PAM Sabah Chapter. The seminar ended at 5.00pm after the photo session.
 
Reported by Ar. Dr. Tan Jun Kwang
 

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 In view of growing concern on environment, many green rating tools has been developed for development in Malaysia. L E Delight Sdn. Bhd, has organised an interesting product talk on Friday, 26th November 2010 held at PAM Auditorium. The topic for the talk was "OPTILED Lighting: Integration of LED Lighting". The talk started at 9.30am and was attended by 38 participants including Architects and Engineers.

With a surge in demand for energy efficiency, majority of the companies are looking at opportunities to covert conventional lightings to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lightings products. In this talk, the speaker from OPTILED Singapore, Ms. Ada Lee and Mr. Joseph Ng brief everyone about the unique technology in lighting and  the way how the LED lighting can help in energy saving. OPTILED LED lighting technology provides one of the best lighting solutions on the market across every specification, from lighting quality and energy efficiency, to life span and environmental friendliness. OPTILED LED lighting solutions consistently provide immediate and ongoing operating cost savings, and improved efficiency and lighting performance. 

Many products of LED lighting was introduced during the talk such as Razor 1000, Aquatic 5000 and Flexi-Pro 8000 series. Razor 1000 series is useful for indoor lighting while Aquatic 5000 series is for outdoor underwater lighting. Meanwhile, the Flexi-Pro 8000 series is useful for the easiest and most versatile indoor and outdoor water resistant lighting solution the products has been designed to make the perfect lighting for any applications in buildings. 

After the Q & A session and products presentation ended at 11.30am, Ar. Dr. Tan Jun Kwang thanked everyone and L E Delights Sdn. Bhd. for the interesting and wonderful talk on behalf of the Chapter.

Reported by Ar. Dr. Tan Jun Kwang

One of the greatest contributors to global warming and other forms of environmental destruction is the building industry.  Worldwide buildings account for 33 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, 30-40 percents of the world’s energy consumption and 40-50 percents of raw materials used, according to the World Green Building Council.  

In view of the growing concern on the environment, many developed nations had developed their own green rating tools for development.  In Malaysia, the Green Building Index (GBI) is developed by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM). The Green Building Index was officially launched on 21st May, 2009.  

The GBI will provide an assessable differentiation to promote environment-friendly buildings for the future of Malaysia.  It is a benchmarking rating system that incorporates internationally recognized best practices in environmental design and performance.  

Buildings will be awarded the GBI rating based on 6 key criteria: Energy efficiency; Indoor environmental quality; sustainable site planning and management; Material and resources; water efficiency and innovation.  

This green rating tool is intended to promote sustainability in the built environment and raise awareness among Developers, Architects, Engineers, Planners, Designers, Contractors and the Public about environmental issues.  At the same time it will provide opportunity for developers and building owners to design and construct green, sustainable buildings that can provide energy savings, water savings, a healthier indoor environment, better connectivity to public transport and the adoption of recycling and greenery for their projects.

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Last Saturday, 13th November 2010, Chapter organized a half day seminar on “KOOL Energy-Efficient Pre-Painted Steel for Metal Roofing” held at Grand Ballroom, Pacific Sutera Hotel. It was attended by 55 participants from PAM. The seminars started at 8.00am with registration and lucky draw ticket. This seminarwas success by a generous grant from Colourcoil Industries Sdn Bhd.

After the registration, the Master of Ceremony, Ms. Zyee Dullie, Sales & Marketing Executive of Colourcoil Industries Sdn Bhd welcomed everyone and invited Chapter Chairman to deliver his speech. The MC introduced the invited speaker from the United States of America, Mr. Scott Kriner, President of Green Metal Consulting.Inc to present his slide.

The speaker presented a lot of interesting topic which are real concern and relevance to this industry. The topic include are:-

1. Energy Concerns

2. Climate Change Concerns

3. Green Building Rating Programs

4. Green Product Labeling

5. Cool Roofing / Cool Metal Roofing

6. Market/Applications/Benefits

7. Principles of Cool Roof/Energy

8. Efficiency Programs

9. Regulations (Codes/Standards)

10. Global Initiatives

11. Emerging Trends

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On Tuesday, 9th November 2010, Chapter has organized a product talk on “ArchiCAD Roadshow 2010” held at PAM auditorium. The talk started at 9.30am and ended at 5.30pm and was attended by 20 participants including architects and graduate members.

In this session, the speaker, Mr. Andrew Lim the Director of Graphisoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd greeted everyone and introduced himself and the invited ArchiClub member from Finland. The speaker introduced ArchiCAD 14 which popular for Architecture. These products are really useful for architect in designing a new building and plan. 

ArchiCAD users have the opportunity to experience the new version of product that is faster, better and more refined than its predecessor. According to speaker, this product can specify the element class in the element settings and this indicates to the other program; in conjunction with IFC data transfer, what the building part type concerned is. Three settings have been added to the construction element setting menu. 

IFC element type specifies whether and element is a wall, a slab or a window etc. This enables the user to select only a part of a more extensive model needed by the recipient or to send only the one floor of a model that is needed. This makes data transfer easier, as it eliminates the need to send the entire model every time data is exchange.

The talk ended after the AcrhiClub meeting with all ArchiCAD users and big thanks to Mr. Andrew Lim for presenting an interesting talk.

Reported by Ar.Dr.Tan Jun Kwang

PAM has organized a Members Night 2010 held at CEO Lounge, Star City, Kota Kinabalu on Friday, 29th October 2010 started  at 7.00pm and ended at 11.30pm.

The function was well attended with a nice mix of corporate and graduate architects.  As the architects were streaming in, a powerpoint presentation of the recent PAM – IPDM visit to Shanghai Expo was shown.

The evening was started off with a speech by PAM Sabah Chairman, Ar Ho Ja Lit and emceed by Ar Rizal Ahmad Banjar.  The mic was passed around so members could introduce themselves.  There were food and drinks abound, with music and pool games enlivening the evening.

 As everybody was enjoying the food, Ar Rizal took the mic and got some of the architects to join him for some oldies tunes accompanied by the in-house pianist.  PAM Sabah theme song composer, Mr. Cheong Kok Ann, after satisfying his huge appetite took over the mic and piano and belted out evergreen songs to the delight of the members.  It was a nice surprise to hear for the first time some of the senior architects like Ar David Kwan, Ar. Lam Choi Sing and Ar Lim Koi Hoe singing, and boy could they really sing!  

Meanwhile, Ar Jebb Liew took the cue (put intended) to challenge everybody for pool game.  There were 16 participants comprising of corporate and graduate architects, and of both genders.  Ar Jebb Liew showed his prowess by beating Ar Victor Wong in the final and thus “sapu” all the pooled bet money.  

All in all, it was great to see the members, mingled around exchanging views, updating each other and of course, telling latest gossips among others.  

After rounds of healthy meal and drinks, sang to the top of their lungs and fellowship, the members left with Great Spirit and huge smiles with everybody looking forward for the next gathering.

 Reported by Ar. Rizal Ahmad Banjar

A seminar on “Marketing for Architects, Color in Architecture & Sustainability and Green Coating” was held on Saturday, 16th October 2010 at Keningau Room, Le Meridian Hotel, Kota Kinabalu. It’s attended by 62 architects. 

Upon welcoming all participants, the Master of Ceremony from Akzo Nobel, Mr. Saiful Rais invited Ar.Ho Jia Lit to deliver his welcome greetings. Thereafter, the MC introduced the 1st speaker, Ms. Ho Pui Ying to present her talk with slide to the audience/ participants. The first session is about “Sustainability and Green Coating”. According to speaker, the Green Label can be used on products which meet the eco standard specified by the scheme concerned, and is recognized as a member of the International Eco-labeling Network (GEN) allowing certification by mutual recognition of SGLS endorsed products by other members of the network. The eco-labeling drive for coating is in tandem with the development of the green building rating tool which is gaining an increasingly strong foothold within the building industry.

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Standing L-R (Committee Member) – Ar. Yong Ming Cheong, Ar.William Ho, Ar.Aaron Fong, Ar.Rizal Ahmad Banjar, Ar.Daniel Koh, Ar. Paul Lau
Sitting L-R – Ar.Sim Sie Hong (Immediate Past Chairman), Ar.Lo Su Yin (Deputy Chapter Chairman), Ar.Ho Jia Lit (Chapter Chairman),
                 Ar. Dr.Tan Jun Kwang (Vice Chapter Chairman), Ar. Arnold Kwan (Chapter Hon. Secretary), Ar. Jebb Liew ( Chapter Hon. Treasurer).

PAM Sabah Chapter 35th Annual Dinner was held at Grand Ballroom, Magellan Sutera Hotel, Kota Kinabalu. The function was graced by Guest of Honor, YB Datuk Haji Hajiji Mohd. Hj. Noor, the Minister of Local Government & Housing. PAM President, Ar. Boon Che Wee, Sarawak Chapter Chairman, Ar. Desmond Kuek and Southern Chapter Chairman, Ar. Azman Bilaji were also present.

This year PAM have decided and adopted this significant “O”, thus the theme is both challenging and difficult one to break away for One Malaysia; we have “Our Planet One World”.

During the dinner, the MC, Ms. Jennifer Linggi and her co MC invited Chapter Chairman, Ar. Ho Jia Lit to present his speech and introduce the newly elected Chapter Committee Member to the audience followed by photo session. After the photo session, MC invited the PAM President, Ar. Boon Che Wee followed by the GOH to present their speech. 

The highlights of the dinner this year was the Official Book Launch of Architect’s Office Practice Manual 2010. The book was launched by the Guest of Honour, YB Datuk Hj Hajiji Hj Mohd Noor, PAM President, Ar. Boon Che Wee, Chapter Chairman, Ar. Ho Jia Lit and Organising Chairman, Ar. Dr. Tan Jun Kwang, after a video presentation of – Architect’s Office Practice Manual. The video presentation was sponsored by Ting Yang Enterprise Sdn. Bhd.

Before the music start, the President of BlueScope Lysaght (S) Sdn Bhd, Mr. Selvaraja K. Nagalingam was invited to the stage for launching the new drum set accompanied by the PAM Band Boys led by Ar. Rizal Ahmad Banjar. The new drum set was sponsored by BlueScope Lysaght (S) Sdn Bhd.

Towards the end of the evening, prizes were given out for the ‘Guess the architect’ contest and Lucky Draws.

The organizing committee for the 35th PAM Annual Dinner would like to thank all those involved for their participation and hard work before, during and after this memorable event.

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