Building Index (GBI)
Driven by environmental needs, Green Building Index (GBI) was jointly
founded and developed by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) and the Association
of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) in 2009. Malaysia’s Green
Building Index or GBI(M) will be the only rating tool for the tropical
zones other than Singapore Government’s GREENMARK. GBI(M) parameters
are within the tropical climatic conditions. Its scoring priorities are
very much customized for the current state of Malaysia where a lot of
priority is given to energy and water efficiency scores.
The GBI is an environmental rating system for buildings developed by Greenbuildingindex
Sdn Bhd (GSB). The Green Building Index is fundamentally derived from
existing rating tools, including the Singapore Green Mark and the Australian
Green Star system, but extensively modified for relevance to the Malaysian
tropical weather, environmental context, cultural and social needs. The
GBI is Malaysia’s first comprehensive rating system for evaluating
the environmental design and performance of Malaysian buildings based
on the six (6) main criterias of Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environment
Quality, Sustainable Site Planning & Management, Materials & Resources,
Water Efficiency, and Innovation.
Green Building Index (GBI) rating tools for Residential New Construction.
Potential GBI points for ME FLOOR timber flooring under the assessment
criteria as below.
1) EQ5 Volatile Organic Compounds (1 point)
- Low VOC interior flooring
- Low VOC adhesive and sealant
EQ6 Formaldehyde Minimisation (1 point)
- Composite wood and agrifiber products defined as: particleboard, medium
density fiberboard (MDF), plywood.
- Laminating adhesives used to fabricate on-site and shop-applied composite
wood and agrifiber assemblies.
Regional Materials (1 point)
Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted
and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous
resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.
- 0.5 point for 20% and 0.25 point for every additional 5% up to a maximum
of 1 point.
MR6 Sustainable Timber (2 points)
- Wood materials permanently installed and also temporarily purchased
for the project.
- Compliance with Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).