A Conceptual Approach in Sustainable Housing in Malaysia

By Zuhairuse MD Darus, Wan Norisma Wan Ismail and Rahmi Novalia.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Malaysia, like other developing countries, is still in the progress of
understanding the sustainable housing. However, efforts to implement
sustainability, particularly in the housing sector, have slowly and progressively
developed and have become an important innovation to be incorporated into
every aspect of life. Housing, an essential aspect of life, is also significant for
sustainable development. According to GBI Sdn Bhd, the rating for the
housing sector to get recognition and certification of green buildings is very
few. Many housing developers have claimed that their development has been
recognized, and accorded recognition by various parties, as sustainable
housing. Although housing developers have made sustainability a key theme
for their housing development they do not seem to meet the criteria for
sustainable homes. There are also those who seem to sell the concept of
sustainable housing as a bait to get more home buyers to purchase their
homes. Is the application and introduction of a few sustainable elements
enough to entitle them to claim the sustainable status? What criteria, and to
what extent, do developers have to fulfill before they are accorded sustainable
development status? This paper will discuss the current issue on housing
development and the elements of sustainable housing. It will focus on
developing indicators to determine the level of sustainable status. It will also
identify the importance of sustainable housing development and discuss the
conceptual approach and issues pertaining existing sustainable housing in

Keywords: Sustainable, Development, Housing, Climate, Indicator, Conceptual, Approach

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.225-236. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 768.500KB).

Assoc. Prof. Zuhairuse MD Darus

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Graduated from the University of Central England with the Post Graduate Degree (Architecture) in 1989 and has been in the industry for 21 years and practicing as professional Architect since 1997. Has been academician since 1992 and currently as an Associate Professor with the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UKM. Actively involved in Practicing of Architecture in various project from individual residential to office building. In Research, actively participate in the area of Sustainable Architecture and renewable Energy (Wind Energy).

Wan Norisma Wan Ismail

Senior Architect, Public Works Department of Malaysia., University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Graduated from Mara University of Technology, Malaysia in 2000. Currently working as an assistant director at Public Works Department of Malaysia. Actively involved in research on green building and sustainable development.

Rahmi Novalia

Graduate Student, Lanscape studies in Design and Architecture faculty, Universitas Tri Sakti, Serdang, Jakarta, Malaysia

I finished my undergraduate from Trisakti University,Indonesia in 2006. I interested in natural development studies where my final project’s undergraduate is about Design and Planning of Komodo National Park, Indonesia. My final project was funded by The Nature Conservancy (Non-Government Organization). Now, I am master student in Universiti Putra Malaysia, which under fellowship of malaysia government’s grant to do research about Visitor’s Adaptation and Satisfaction in Penang National Park. I hope that always have opportunities to learn and to participate in every natural development activities. Because the collecting data period in Komodo National Park and Penang National Park improve my sensitivity to keep the beauty of nature. With my Paper, I hope that I can pursuade people to care toward nature through keeping their attitude.


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