The Malaysian government is also very supportive of the development of green buildings in thecountry. In fact, recently it has been decided that all new government buildings mustincorporate the features of GBI. Aside from that, in the recent tabling of Malaysia’s Budget2010, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced tax exemption for buildingowners who obtain the GBI certificate. In addition, buyers of buildings with GBI certificateswill also be exempted from stamp duty starting from October 24 2009 until December 31 2014 – a good five years. A RM1.5 billion fund will also be set up to provide assistance tocompanies dealing with green technology. With such political will, Malaysia is set to progressmuch more significantly than ever before in the development of green buildings. It’s about timeanyway.
2.0LOW ENERGY OFFICE BUILDING (LEO BUILDING)
The LEO building is one of the green building in Malaysia is aimed to achieve the lowconsumption of energy. The first LEO building in Malaysia is stated to be at the Putrajayawhere here is located the Head Quarters of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology andWater. This LEO building is launched officially by Minister of Energy, Water andTelecommunication of Malaysia, Y.B Dato’ Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik on 25 June 2005. TheLEO building won first place in the “Energy Efficient Building Best Practices Competition2006” at the ASEAN level under the “New and Existing Building” category. The award was presented at a special ceremony organised on 27 July 2006 in conjunction with the 24thASEAN Energy Ministers meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Deputy Minister of Energy,Water and Communications received the award on behalf of the Malaysian. This building havefeature like 20,000 m
gross floor area and would have an energy savings of RM 600,000.