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Review of green building demand factors for Malaysia

Aliagha, Godwin Uche and Hashim, Maizon and Sanni, Afeez Olalekan and Ali, Kherun Nita (2013) Review of green building demand factors for Malaysia. Journal of Energy Technologies and Policy, 3 (11). pp. 471-478. ISSN 2225-0573

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Green building is redefining building practice and Malaysia is poised for early adoption in recognition of the potential economic and environmental benefits that accrue to it. Available reports tend towards the fact that there will be increase in demand for green buildings with the growth in environmental awareness and increase in corporate social responsibility among the companies as well as growing body of evidence demonstrating that green buildings make financial sense. Despite the growing interest, risks of uncertainties still cloud investment in green building. This paper examines Malaysia efforts to spure green building investment and demand with particlualr focus on Green Building Index (GBI) and the enabling green tax incentives. Subsequently the paper reviews potential factors that enhance green building in Malaysia as well as the underlying challenges and barriers. Based on the review, we can infer that the Malaysia green tax incentives for obtaining GBI certification are significant but not outstanding. They are inherent with notable criticisms and may not be sufficiently attractive to potential real estate investors. The review also empower us to hypothesize that the model of green building demand for Malaysia will comprise seven interrelated factors vis-a-avis:- quest for environmental sustainability, quest for increased productivity, quest for improved internal building conditions, quest for higher building value, quest for cost savings, quest for lower risks, and quest for branding and prestige. And that the nature and strength of relationship among the factors will be moderated by some of the challenges and barriers identified in the review. The paper will be useful to researches, practitioners and policy makers in real estate development and market seeking explanations for factors that could enhace demand for green building in Malaysia.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:green building, green building demand, green building index, green building barriers, green building benefits.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:40773
Deposited By: Liza Porijo
Deposited On:20 Aug 2014 16:14
Last Modified:15 Feb 2017 14:37

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