AFEO 2014- ASEAN Green building rating index mooted

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 

AN ASEAN Green Building Rating Index was mooted during the 13th mid-term meeting of the regional engineering federation which was held recently. 

As part of the outcomes from the mid-term meeting of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO), common green-building standards in all ASEAN countries were brought up by the technical committee for energy and environment, said the Secretary-General of AFEO Dato Ir Lim Chow Hock. 

The matter was looked at during the meeting of the AFEO Governing Board, and will likely be discussed further at their conference in November in Yangon Myanmar. 

“The working group felt that it should be time for an ASEAN standard ‘green building rating index’” said Lim. “Currently, different countries have their own, so it’s time to re-look at how we can standardise this as much as possible,” he said.

Notably, Singapore has ‘Green Mark’ and Malaysia has its own Green Building Index to measure environmentally friendly standards. Brunei’s Green Building Council, is also pushing to establish a measuring tool and standards for green buildings in Brunei. 

On the environmental front, Lim said that the technical committee wanted to address the issue of trans-boundary haze. While Lim agreed that part of the solution will come from the political arena, he said that mitigation and adaptive measures will need engineering solutions.

In addition to reports from the engineering technical working group, the governing board for AFEO also discussed awards for outstanding engineering achievements that contributed to regional growth.

The AFEO Governing Board met yesterday at the Ba’diah Hotel to consider nomination of several AFEO Awards for distinguished persons as well as the Outstanding Engineering Achievement awards, which will later be presented at the 32nd Conference of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations. 

The board also looked at reports from the working groups on Education and Capacity Building; Transport and Logistics; and Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management that were held the day before. 

Members of the AFEO Governing Board attended the meeting.

Heads of Delegates from Board of Engineers, Cambodia (BEC), Persatuan Insinyur Indonesia (PII), The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), Philippines Technological Council (PTC), Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT), Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA) were also present in the event.

Also in attendance were members of the Engineering Division of the Brunei Association for Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) who hosted the mid-term meetings for the first time. 

Courtesy from The Brunei Times

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