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Text : Eunice Ng

Just like a spark that can set an entire forest ablaze, so has environmental awareness spread widely to every facets of property development. So great is its impact that one can no longer look at a development individually but as a community.

This year’s Green Solutions for Property Development 2011 with the theme Greener Cities will address the green solutions for neighborhoods and townships in the context of community. The conference  is organized by EAROPH Malaysia (Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Human Settlements) and REHDA Institute (Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association). The conference will take place early October at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

The highlight of the conference includes  all aspects of planning and design, lifestyle, government policies and initiative to telecommunication, green township tools, low carbon city framework, facilities and asset management, and other green solutions.

Today’s highly competitive market environment necessitates innovative and sustainable solutions that not only reap profits in property development but also ones that have a lesser dent on Mother Nature. Dollars will again pit against green sense.

The following speakers will share with you the practicality and feasibility of going green.

Greener Cities and Where to Find the Green Money

Speaker: Matthias Gelber, Co-founder of Maleki Green Building Products

Where is the future taking us in terms of going green? We know going green is the way forward but some of us perceive it as pushing up costs.

Matthias Gelber says there are opportunities in green cities.

“There are many ways in which we can directly and indirectly save and avoid huge long term costs by moving in that direction.”

“We need to shift the economy from just making money to making green and eco money, which is money earned from eco-friendly businesses that save the planet.”

“Green money is money earned from businesses that are eco- friendly and are helping to save the planet.”

Topics will include the latest green buzz in the consumer trend and what future buyers are looking for in a greener lifestyle, property and city.

GBI (Green Building Index) Township Tools

Speaker: Ar Chan Seong Aun, Director of Arkitek Daya Seni Sdn Bhd

Malaysia is one of the few countries that develop townships on a large scale. While there is greater awareness among Malaysian developers to vet their development by the Green Building Index (GBI), making sure every development sits in environmental harmony within the township is a challenge.

“Development density, transport and connectivity; business sustainability and employment opportunity; and environment and ecology of the original site are usually the three greatest challenges faced by most new township developers,” says Ar Chan.

The GBI Township Tool will serve as a checklist for planners and developers for new township developments. It is also for those who want to improve future phases of existing developments.

We all have great dreams and plans as to how to develop this big piece of land. To know how green and sustainable it will be, Ar Chan will also show you how to rate your township.

Telecommunication Solutions for Greener Homes – FTTH and HSHD Ready Home

Speaker: Guven Togan, Chief Technology Officer of PCOM Technology Sdn Bhd

“The world now is coming to a convergence. Technology advancement has today brought upon a greater level of connectivity. What more when FTTH (Fiber to the Home) and Optical Fiber technology are considered more environmental-friendly compared to the current copper network,” says Guven Togan.

High Speed Broadband through 100% optical connection directly to the home and building is very new in Malaysia and homeowners’ interest to get ‘plug-and-play’ flexibility in the home are increasing.

“It will be a new sales tool for developers to market their home and building projects attractive to the buyers.”

Guven will expound on the different gadgets and systems used today; how to value add from FTTH to real estate; and its benefit to developers and homebuyers towards a greener world.

Carbon Neutral Event: Planning and Execution

Speaker: Ir Bernard Sagaiyaraj, Director of Blue Snow Consulting and Engineering Sdn Bhd

Count your carbon footprint because going green.

Going green is not complete without looking at the carbon emissions – the deciding factor of your efforts being truly green and sustainable, thus reducing environmental impact.

“Last year, the focus was on low carbon buildings; this year, it will be on low carbon cities,” says Bernard.

“There will be an introduction to global green city certification systems and technologies appropriate to convert cities green,” says IR Bernard Sagaiyaraj, Director of Blue Snow Consulting and Engineering Sdn Bhd.

Last year’s conference has achieved more than its aim to be carbon neutral, it was carbon negative.

This year, the planning team isn’t going to get easy by buying Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Instead, conference participants will be part of the entire carbon neutrality of the event.

Facilities Management for Greener Cities

Speaker: Izzaddin Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer of Simek (M) Sdn Bhd

“What is the power of an extensive technology employed in facilities management, one that can empower an organization and boost productivity?” asks Izzaddin.

Well, if you can imagine an intuitive interface that provide quick and easy access to key facilities and property information, run live reports, search employees and space, request work order processes, and provide responsive service to your management and external subordinates you would have found the answer.

Malaysia, says Izzaddin is 30 years behind time in terms of technology input in facilities management. Malaysia in fact jumped a step ahead into the buzz of going green without looking into the basics of going green.

“To go green is to call for a back-to-basic approach considering performance of conducive workplace, contribution to community and environmental protection, among others.”

The main concern now, he says, is to change from the present analog method of facilities management to a digital framework.

“With the right framework and tools in place, corporations can evaluate the sustainability of their existing facilities, plan to reduce their environmental impact, increase their energy efficiency and cost savings and promote a healthier built environment.”