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Greener Malaysia Series Part II

Greener Malaysia Series Article Part II

Towards Sustainable Buildings
In many countries, the structure of energy consumption by different consumer groups is characterised by a high share of the residential and tertiary sector, which is very often responsible for about 40% of the total final energy demand. In the residential sector, about 57% of the total final energy consumption is used for space heating, 25% for domestic hot water and 11% for electricity. The share of space heating in Polish households is even higher and accounts for 70%. There is a great potential for energy savings through the implementation of energy efficiency in the residential and tertiary sector (Dorata Chwieduk, 2003).

Apart from the traditional energy-saving measures such as: improvement of the building envelope; modernisation of heat sources and ventilation; introduction of automation and heat metering; improvement of other installed equipment; there is a need to introduce environmentally-friendly energy technologies to achieve further significant reductions in energy consumption in the building sector. (Dorata Chwieduk, 2003)

The Trias Energetica is a model developed by the Delf University of Technology which acts as a guide when pursuing energy sustainability in the building sector. The Trias Energetica makes it clear that energy savings have to come first on the path to environmental protection (Brouwers et al., 2005).

Malaysia is engaged in promoting the development of a clean and efficient economy; that is, a “green” economy. This means motivating the development of green businesses and green products and services, which in turn will create “green jobs.” Malaysia’s vision of a “green economy” would see it moving beyond its status as a manufacturing hub, and establish “low carbon emissions, highly efficient use of resources, and a healthy, well-educated populace.” To achieve this, we need to be able to measure resources, economic activity and progress, accurately and appropriately (Hussein et al., 2017).
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