The True Cost of Green Buildings


THERE IS A commonly held belief in the Malaysian construction sector that green buildings are costly and require substantial investment to design and build. The refrain of “it’s too expensive” is echoed by stakeholders throughout the industry as justification for maintaining the status quo. This view is further exacerbated by the fact that environmental considerations, largely unfettered by effective regulation or enforcement, are generally seen as value-added, rather than integral. It is a perception that continues to be the single greatest obstacle to the adoption of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable building design and construction practices in the country. But are green ...

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