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New building in Malaysia goes green

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A new building called G Tower is challenging the way buildings are built in Malaysia, according to a Channel News Asia report.

The tower recently received the Green Mark Gold Award given out by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore.

Located at the crossroads of two major thoroughfares in downtown Kuala Lumpur, G Tower greets you with its huge green walls and refreshing rooftop gardens.

But it's what lies inside this 30-storey twin tower that sets G Tower apart.

According to the executive director of Goldis Group which owns the building, it has all the latest green technologies built into its DNA.

Colin Ng, executive director, G Tower, says: "I see it as part of our green investment, if a building is well designed from the start, properly oriented to the sun, has more water features, overlay green walls, koi pond, green walls system to help cooling effects - all these things assist greatly during design and construction of the building.

"The green investment will have a payback, it does make sense because what we built today is going to last for decades."

For starters, G tower uses 25 percent less energy compared to other buildings of similar size and location because of its efficient air-conditioning and lighting systems.

While the extensive landscaping with sky gardens and green walls help to cool the building and improve air quality.

The building uses double glazed glass panel with a layer of vacuum trapped in between that cuts down on heat transmission.

Another green initiative - a system to harvest rainwater which is then used to irrigate plants and vertical greens found throughout the entire building.

Hot water is generated through waste heat from the air-conditioning system.

Being green does not necessarily mean spending more money, it's spending more time and effort to rethink the process.

The building also boasts a new working concept - combining offices, a club and hotel all under one roof.

It houses a 180-room business hotel with the biggest club floor in Southeast Asia spanning over 12,000 square feet.

The carpets and the external timber decking use green certified materials that are recyclable.

While the interior decor features some old furniture that's refurbished and reused.

Some parts of the building also use old recyled timber strips like these for its walls and flooring which give a different rustic feel to a modern state of the art building.

Even the swimming pool in this green mark certified building uses salt instead of chemicals to keep the water clean.

The whole green concept is still new to Malaysia, but it's certainly catching on and changing the way buildings are built.

The government is setting up a green building index and more buildings are seeking to be internationally certified.

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