IOI City Mall receives GBI certification

IOI City Mall receives GBI certification

PUTRAJAYA: IOI Properties Group Bhd’s (IOIPG) IOI City Mall has received the Green Building Index (GBI) certification under non-residential existing building (NREB).

GBI is Malaysia’s first comprehensive green rating system developed by Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia.

It evaluates the environmental design and performance of local buildings based on criteria such as energy efficiency, indoor environment quality, sustainable site planning and management, materials and resources, water efficiency and innovation.

“The GBI certification of IOI City Mall marks an exciting milestone in our sustainability journey for IOIPG. It reflects the group’s commitment to operate responsibly, minimising our impact on the environment, as we continue to enhance our value proposition while safeguarding the environment for future generations,” chief executive officer Datuk Voon Tin Yow said in a statement.

To conserve energy, it said IOI City Mall utilises high-performance glass and wall material to reduce heat buildup.

Apart from that, its double roof design, covered by mechanical and electrical equipment rooms as well as solar PV panels reduces heat transfer.

IOIPG said the mall uses a thermal energy storage (TES) system, which is a highly energy-efficient cooling system that chills water during its non-operational hours.

In addition, IOI City Mall leverages on renewable energy with the installation of a solar PV system that has contributed towards the lowering of energy emissions.

“In FY2022, we managed to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to 2,727.42 tCO2/year,” IOIPG said.

Meanwhile, IOI City Mall conserves water with water-saving features installed at public toilets along with the installation of water sub-meters to monitor for leakages, minimising water wastage.

The mall also maintains indoor environment quality as well as by ensuring that the air-conditioning system provides fresh air, thermal comfort as well as optimum lighting.

IOI City Mall has also committed to reducing pollution and lowering carbon footprint. It offers a bus terminal facility within its premises to encourage the use of public transport.

The mall has further reduced carbon emissions by equipping its carpark facility with a parking guidance system to speed up parking time which reduces emissions.

In addition, a ticketless license plate recognition system also eliminates paper wastage. Furthermore, the parking facility also provides electric vehicle charging stations to encourage the use of electric vehicles.

“GBI is proud of IOIPG’s commitment towards the green industry, which augurs well for a sustainable and environment-friendly built environment for the present and future generations of the country,” Green Building Index Accreditation Panel chairman Ar. Serina Hijjas said.

“GBI acknowledges the enormous efforts of IOI City Mall’s focus towards achieving energy efficiency and CO2 reduction,” she added.

Source: The Star