Q&A

Serina Hijjas

Architect

Malaysia

Serina Hijjas is at the forefront of efforts to make Kuala Lumpur a more sustainable and attractive place to live, drafting a new Green Building Index.

What’s the Green Building Index for new developments about?
It covers six areas: climate, energy and water; ecology and the environment; community planning and design; transportation and connectivity; building and resources; and business and innovation. The idea is to make our new towns more liveable.

What kind of interest has there been from developers?
Some 178 developers have signed up so far. That’s partly because the government offers tax rebates for green spending.

How will Malaysians’ quality of life improve with these guidelines?
We are seeing a return to tropical houses with better thermal qualities, water harvesting and reduced water consumption. There are also more green spaces between buildings and within the community as a whole.

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