Dewan Bankuet has received a GreenRE Silver award from the Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (REDHA). GreenRE provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings in Malaysia. Dewan Bankuet is a new 150,000 gross square feet Community Centre developed by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA). It is designed to be more environment friendly and resource efficient compared to modern code-compliant buildings of the same size and function. The project will avoid CO2 emissions by almost 1000 metric tons/year through efficient Air Conditioning & Ventilation (ACMV) system and energy-efficient lighting.
In line with the Strategic Plan 2016-2020 ‘Sustainable Environment Development towards Low-Carbon City’, which promotes green buildings certifications within the Shah Alam Municipality, MBSA appointed NEAPOLI to turn the Dewan Bankuet into a sustainability paradigm for new constructions in Shah Alam. The project integrates a number of sustainable design strategies, including passive day-lighting at common areas (lobby, foyer) through large windows at the northern façade which also allow visual connectivity with the external landscape.
The large window-to-wall ratio at the common spaces has been carefully configured to maximise daylighting without comprising occupants’ thermal comfort. Energy consumption is further reduced by daylight sensors installed at the perimeter areas to control the efficient LED light fittings. The Air Conditioning system is based on high-efficiency Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology resulting in 62% performance improvement against conventional AC.
The orchid petal-inspired roof is a vast pitched roof area, fully utilised for rainwater collection to be used for toilet flushing and irrigation. This alone will reduce 23.5% of municipal water use. The roof has high albedo and is assembled with double layer insulation (U-value: 0.33 W/m²K) to further reduce heat absorption into the building.
The landscape is designed to promote biodiversity and urban farming with 50% of the trees being tropical fruit species such as mango, starfruit and mangosteen. Permeable-grasscrete pavement at 72% of the total parking area helps to alleviate urban heat island effect and manage storm-water run-off.
Extensive sustainable materials are used throughout the building. 83% of the carpet used in the building has green labelling. Certified low-emission paints and finishes are installed throughout the interiors to eliminate human exposure to toxic substances. 57% of the ceiling boards have green labelling and so do 100% of the wall panelling laminates and tiles..
“We knew that our goal was to have a bronze-level GreenRE-certified building,” says NEAPOLI’s CEO Dr Stellios Plainiotis. “We’re very excited to have exceeded our goal and proud to have this recognition of Shah Alam City Council’s commitment to enhancing sustainability.”