Green 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

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) MR6 Sustainable Timber (2 points)
- Wood materials permanently installed and also temporarily purchased for the project.
- Compliance with Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).


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