PETRONAS has received the Green Building Index (GBI) Gold award for its state-of-the-art Office Complex in Terengganu. This marks Malaysia’s first building in the East Coast to attain this recognition.
PETRONAS is one of the few national energy solutions companies in the world to become a leading multinational. In 2019, it ranked 148th in Fortune’s Global 500 list of the world’s largest corporations. PETRONAS Statement of Purpose is to be “a progressive energy solution partner enriching lives for a sustainable future”. These core values are reflected in the emphasis the corporation places on encouraging sustainable building design that promotes healthier, environmentally friendly, energy-saving buildings.
By following an approach that prioritises sustainable construction and business principles, PETRONAS’ new office complex in Rantau PETRONAS is the first project in Malaysia’s East Coast to receive the GBI Gold Certificate. The Kompleks Pejabat PETRONAS is owned by Rantau Properties Sdn. Bhd. (RPSB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of KLCC (Holdings) Sdn. Bhd., and leased to PETRONAS the parent company. The 56,500 sqm complex is situated in Rantau PETRONAS, Kertih, Terengganu and it is designed to cater for 1,600 PETRONAS employees. It comprises of three buildings connected by sky bridges, i.e. two renovated buildings originally built in 1984 and one newly constructed.
The design of the new Office Complex and its systems aims at lowering energy consumption by at least 8 million kWh/year, 65.5% reduction against buildings constructed with conventional materials and systems. Energy conservation efforts involve several strategies and the building design earned all 35 of the possible Energy Efficiency points in the GBI rating system. Renewable energy and the use of efficient energy systems went a long way toward that energy conservation goal.
The portfolio of on-site renewable energy is comprised of multiple arrays of solar photovoltaic panels with total power 2,000 kilowatts mounted on carefully selected roof locations. These installations are expected to supply about 48% of the Complex’s annual energy demand. Rainwater harvested on the roofs will be treated and stored at 2 ponds with a combined volume of 460 m³ and used for irrigation, reducing water use by 28%. Landscaping irrigation will be reduced with automatic sprinklers and plant selection that focuses on drought-tolerant native species. To stretch water further, all restrooms are outfitted with motion-sensor-enabled faucets with aerators, as well as low-flush, water-saving toilets reducing water use by 52%.
The following sustainable efforts contributed to the decision to certify Kompleks Pejabat PETRONAS with GBI Gold:
Stellios Plainiotis, CEO of NEAPOLI said:
“The GBI Green building rating system is a regional symbol of sustainability recognition. It’s a recognised standard that sustainable operators aspire to achieve. With this recognition, NEAPOLI’s new PETRONAS Office Complex is now placed alongside some of the most sustainable and innovative buildings in South East Asia. Being the first project in Malaysia’s East Coast to be GBI Gold certified strengthens PETRONAS’ commitment to lead the industry and inspire others to join us towards a more sustainable future.”