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Malaysia’s first ‘carbon neutral’ house

Gerald Wee | April 27, 2011
A multinational conglomerate shares insights into sustainability in property development and construction, and how IT can play a key role.

“Just as the Internet has transformed our lives with seamless connectivity for health care through to education, government access, energy-efficient buildings, physical security and more, it will now transform our cities,” said Anne Abraham, managing director for Cisco Malaysia. “Over the next five years, some 500 million people will be added to the world’s cities, and by 2050, at least 100 new cities will be inhabited by more than a million residents.”

“Developing the infrastructure for these cities will not only require massive resources and investment, but also have a significant environmental impact,” she added.

“We have spent about RM9 million on the whole Idea House project,” said Sufian. “That’s because this is a mothership of ideas. We’ve pushed a lot of ideas to the max like the PV cells on top, which you don’t get on any other house.”

“We wanted to further the broader strategic vision to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020, so we pushed ideas to see what it would take to have a carbon neutral house,” he added. “The key point is to see what it takes to achieve sustainability.”


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