DANIDA aims for energy efficiency in Malaysia

The new Malaysian Ministry of Energy building will be a showcase of energy efficiency and low environmental impact as the government asks the Danish organization to scrutinize the design and implement the method and construction.
      The Ministry of Energy, Communication and Multimedia MECM in Malaysia will move to a new building of 16,000 m² in the new Federal Government Capital, Putrajaya, in 2004. The new building claims to consume lower energy compared to other office buildings in Malaysia as it is modernly designed by the Danish experts from the Danish Agency for Development Assistance-DANIDA along with Malaysian architects and engineers.
      The Government of Malaysia wants the new Ministry of Energy to be a showcase building for energy efficiency and low environmental impact as the site is situated between Kuala Lumpur and the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
      Since January 2001, Danish experts have, in cooperation with Malaysian architects and engineers, put together the design of the building and its energy systems for minimum energy consumption as a computerized design tool was introduced as a key instrument in the optimization of the building and energy system. The construction began in August 2002 by Putra Perdana Construction Sdn Bhd.
      Examples of modernity and energy efficiency would be the ability to control the intake of outside air according to the level of carbondioxide of the indoor air by computer model. The system functions according to the occupancy level, which means the more people in the building, the more fresh air intake required. The hot local temperature outside the building can be reduced by using the cooling effect of trees, greenery and water areas.
      The goal of the building design is to head for energy efficiency of the building, which can save more than 50% of energy compared to traditional office buildings in Malaysia with only an extra construction cost of less than 10%. The energy monitoring during use will determine that major energy savings and environmental benefits can be achieved in the building sector of Malaysia.

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