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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

November 2020