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Sunway's green culture recognized

April 3, 2009: It’s corporate logo may be orange of a bright sunlit sky, but at its heart the Sunway Group is green. Poised to receive two Green Mark certifications for its Challis Damansara town-houses in Sunway Damansara in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, and Palazzio Sunway luxury condominiums in Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, it could well become a record holder of green buildings in Malaysia.

With that, Sunway Group will be the first local developer with two-green-rated developments in its portfolio while the 102-unit Challis will be the country’s first lowrise project to receive such certification.Sunway City Bhd (SunCity) managing director of property development Ngian Siew Siong said this is huge accomplishment, a fact also acknowledged by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA). He said BCA, an agency under Singapore’s Ministry of National Development and conferrer of Green Mark, told SunCity “it should be a record breaking feat”.

Asked how the two projects quality for Green Mark at such an advanced stage at construction, Ngian said the group was already incorporating principles of sustainability back then in its earliest development in Bandar Sunway where houses were built with north-south orientation to prevent heat gain while cavity walls were used for better insulation.

And at its Sunway Damansara development, he said jogging tracks have been built for its residents while each home came with a solar heating system. Going greener than ever, Ngian said Challis is designed to maximize cross ventilation and use of daylighting. The townhouses also have energy and water saving features such as timer-controlled common lighting and taps with regulators.

Meanwhile, the 160-unit Palazzio Sunway has an envelope design that reduces cooling load. Its eco-friendly features include heat recovery systems to recycle air-conditioning heat, rainwater harvesting, and perforated roofs for insulation.

Ngian said these projects, all designed before a green building yardstick was available, are products of “Sunway’s culture”, and the certifications simply serve as a channel to make them better known to consumers. He is positive that more future Sunway buildings will be green-rated, especially with the impending launch of the Green Building Index, Malaysia's own green building rating system, adding “the environment is close to his heart”.

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