On September 11 2021 Nilai Memorial Park received the prestigious National Energy Award 2021 in the Energy Efficiency Category. The National Energy Awards (NEA) by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is one of Malaysia’s most coveted and prestigious awards which recognises the excellent achievements and best practices of local institutions and organisations in driving the sustainable energy agenda.
Court of Chaya is a sacred and contemplative space where the primary function is the inurnment of cremated remains that have achieved GreenRE Bronze and Green Building Index certification. Located at Nilai Memorial Park, recognized as Malaysia’s premier internment facility that incorporates the classic architecture and horticultural art of the orient with the sophisticated planning, layout and design of modern cemeteries of the West.
Designed by Kirk Architecture to embrace passive low energy design, the building has over 80% of the gross floor area that is naturally ventilated, including an atrium, gathering lounge, deluxe inurnment halls and corridors. Besides, deluxe inurnment halls and corridors are provided with skylights that allow more daylight to penetrate the spaces. The monumentality of the simple geometric forms is softened by reflective water features and large openings to frame views and fine screens that filter tropical daylight and allude to the eternal and infinite sky. The building is successful in providing thermal comfort, natural air ventilation and day lightings to visit. As a result, electricity has thus been greatly reduced, with only minimum air-conditioning and artificial lighting required during operation with a low energy efficient index (EEI) of 30 kW/m2/year, and 42.6% of energy saving as compared to a local standard.
Besides, the project –Court of Chaya is a building in a master development of Nilai Memorial Park. It has a large area of greenery with a total area of 677m2 creating a refreshed courtyard environment. The vegetation is carefully selected with native and adaptive species to reduce irrigation water demand.
The building is carefully constructed by using sustainable products to further reduce the carbon footprint. Concrete with low embodied carbon is used extensively for the floors. This includes green cement, recycled concrete aggregates and washed copper slag contributing to 30 – 35% of pre-consumer recycled content. Apart from that, steel rebars and wire mesh has been used in this building for structural support, which contains 94% of post-consumer and 4.5% of pre-consumer recycled content. Overall, 24% of recycled content material over the total material cost is achieved. 44% of the construction material used are regional material extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within a 500km radius of the project site.
As a result of our careful efforts towards sustainable development, the Court of Chaya with its unique architecture design that enhance passive design has been awarded local green building certifications including GBI Certified award GreenRE Non-Residential Building Bronze in year 2019 and 2020.