Menara Binjai, designed by Malaysian firm Verticas Architects, has been awarded the coveted Best Sustainable Development Award (Built) in the 2012 Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets, two weeks ago in Dubai.
Clinching the top spot in the prestigious sustainability category, the Malaysian building beat two other finalists, namely the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the award-winning UAE Pavilion in Abu Dhabi. Both buildings were designed by Foster and Partners of the UK.
The building was the very first Malaysian building to win the prestigious title.
Chua Guan-Hock, Director at Khor Joo Saik Sdn Bhd credited the victory to the board and consultants who worked hard as a team.
"This award is extremely meaningful and a stamp of approval of the tower's outstanding sustainability, as a market leader in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region. Competing and winning against outstanding developments adds to the satisfaction of this acknowledgement," Chua said.
Located right next to Ampang LRT station, the 35-storey green office tower is the first dedicated officer tower in Malaysia to be awarded dual green certification - a Green Mark Gold CerPficaPon (Provisional) from Singapore's Building and Construction Authority (BCA), as well as Malaysia's Green Building Index Design Assessment for GBI Certification.
Menara Binjai was completed in July 2012 and its new tenants include the British High Commission. The property utilises a system that cuts electricity and air-conditioning consumption by up to 25 percent.
The Cityscape Awards recognises outstanding performance in real estate and architectural design across developing markets globally.
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