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Helping Malaysian PM's office meet 'high green benchmark'

AvantiKumar | Sept. 10, 2013
Schneider Electric, KFM Holdings project to achieve 'Certified Platinum status' will save more than US$603,500 annually in energy costs.

PM Office - Green Building Benchmark modified 

Photo - (From left) Nurolamin Abas, CEO, KFM Holdings; Peter Cave, Country President Schneider Electric (Malaysia); and Noor Khan, General Manager, KFM Holdings at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

 

Energy specialist Schneider Electric together with built environment solutions provider KFM Holdings will engage in a project to refurbish the Malaysian Prime Minister's Officer (PMO) as a certified green building, which should deliver up to 40 percent energy savings worth about RM2 million (US$603,500) per year.

Schneider Electric Malaysia country president Peter Cave said the Prime Minister's building has already been certified Green Building Index (GBI) - Platinum status in Design Assessment by Malaysian Green Building Council (MGBC). Platinum status is the highest level of certification of green building standards.

This joint project includes retrofitting the PMO using Schneider Electric's Building Management System (BMS) to achieve up to 40 percent energy savings, said Cave, adding that the retrofitting project makes this the largest such project for government buildings in Asia.

"The partnership with KFM Holdings in this bellwether project is a platform to build local awareness, knowledge, skills, and expertise in transforming more green and energy efficient buildings to help steer Malaysia into a greener country," said Cave.

"Through this partnership with KFM Holdings, we can assist more businesses in Malaysia to achieve greater heights in energy efficiency. The vision for this partnership is to establish that new as well as existing government or public buildings can be transformed into energy efficient buildings," he said.

Malaysia's Copenhagen 2020 promise

Cave said buildings worldwide today consume 42 percent of all electricity, and by 2025, are projected to be the largest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. "In an effort to help Malaysia meet its Copenhagen promise to reduce 40 percent carbon emissions by 2020, it is imperative for the business community to start adopting solutions such as Schneider Electric's Building Management System (BMS) to improve overall business performance."

KFM Holdings chief executive officer, Nurolamin Abas, said: "With Schneider Electric as our partner, we are looking forward to further promote energy efficiency to the Malaysian market. In line with the 10th Malaysia Plan, KFM Holdings fully supports the government to help more government buildings transform into energy efficient green buildings. This creates history for our country as we continue to spearhead toward achieving the 10th Malaysia Plan, as this will be the first and largest government building to be retrofitted in Asia."

Nurolamin said KFM Holdings will integrate the air-conditioning, lighting, sensors and power meters in the PMO using Schneider Electric's Building Management System (BMS) and providing intelligent data to ensure smart decision making and actions on energy usage.

"This is a winning partnership with KFM Holdings and we are delighted to continue working together on the Prime Minister's Office project to reinforce the importance of energy efficiency in Malaysia," said Schneider Electric's Cave.

 

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