Affordable Urethane Housing
Kedah looks set to build affordable houses using new technology
16 March 2015 @ 2:09 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) hopes to conclude discussions with a state government agency in Kedah by year-end to build 200 affordable houses using Bayer MaterialScience’s lightweight polyurethane composite panels.
CIDB Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Judin Abdul Karim said the new technology would translate into savings in time and costs, as the solution enabled construction time can be reduced by as much as 35 per cent compared with precast concrete.
“The polyurethane panels also have excellent insulation properties. This makes the house more energy efficient by reducing the temperature within it, and leading to lower electricity bills, as well as a reduced carbon footprint,” Judin added.
He was speaking after Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof unveiled the prototype house here today.
Meanwhile, Fadillah said CIDB, Bayer and its partners, namely, PU Profile, Square Panels and Philips Malaysia have successfully developed an array of innovative and economically sustainable solutions in affordable housing.
“I want to reiterate my utmost support to the strong collaboration between CIDB and Bayer to provide economical and practical solutions to address the housing shortage issue,” he added.
The model house, built on a 185 square meter site, was commissioned last August and completed within five weeks.
The price for a basic design 106 square metre house is from RM76,000 a unit.
Judin said going forward, CIDB would continue to leverage on Bayer’s technical know-how and expertise, focusing on sustainable housing.
Bayer MaterialScience Executive Committee Member (Sustainability), Richard Northcote said the successful completion of the model house has enabled it to contribute towards sustainable development.
“It also enables better access to affordable and comfortable housing to those who most need it, especially low-income families,” he added. – BERNAMA
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