Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Two prototype houses will be constructed at the Industrialised Building Show Village in Kuala Lumpur thanks to a Bayer Material Science innovation.
The Germany-based company is collaborating with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) to providing affordable housing solutions in the Malaysian capital.
Constructed using Bayer’s lightweight polyurethane composite panels, the project is designed to tackle the country’s housing crisis and help the government reach its target to build one million properties.
CIDB ceo Judin Karim said: “From an environmental perspective, buildings globally are responsible for some 40% of the annual energy consumption and up to 30% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.
“Since we are among the industry experts here today, the building and construction industry can deliver significant cuts in emissions,” Karim added.
The model houses will be built on a 185m2 site which CIDB provided and are expected to be completed by October 2014. Malaysian private limited companies Wyndham Homes and PU Profile were also named as contributing partners.
“From a social and economic standpoint, affordable housing can directly tackle housing shortage with large scale, comfortable and affordable solutions to meet the need of both low income sectors of the population as well as society at large,” he said.
CIDB aims to drive energy-efficiency and sustainable technologies within the construction industry.