High-rise developments are fast becoming the new norm for potential homebuyers. They’re usually marketed as an all-in-one destination, with enough facilities and amenities to satisfy people from all ages and walks of life.
But with new projects mushrooming up all over Klang Valley, it can become confusing to make the right decision. Well, not anymore!
According to the Malaysia Consumer Sentiment Study H1 2020, our people are finally giving eco-friendly and energy-saving features more thought in their home buying journey. So, why not choose a unit that’s not only eco-friendly, but friendly on your wallet in the long run too?
Malaysia’s very own green rating tool for buildings to promote sustainability, the Green Building Index (GBI), sets out strict guidelines for developers to follow before they’re able to achieve the coveted certification.
Without further ado, we present to you the top 8 most popular GBI-rated condos on the PropertyGuru website for 2020. Who knows, one of these might just catch your eye, and your desire to go green!
1) Eco Sky
With a tagline of “Where 360° living becomes a reality”, it’s no wonder that this verdant development tops the list! This mixed development sited on a 9.6 acre plot of land is made up of 3 residential towers and 140 retail lots.
It’s not just a GBI certification that it can boast of; Eco Sky has 2 more: LEEDS (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and BCA Green Mark! The former is a green building certification from the US, while the latter is green building rating system from Singapore.
Did you know: Roughly 20% of the land area is reserved for green spaces like the 33,000 sq ft community park and the 55,000 sq ft landscaped space sited at the heart of the commercial centre.
This residential development is sited on 12.38 acres of land, and comes with a variety of eco-friendly features. Most notably is the usage of low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, which releases less toxic gasses that are very harmful to people and the environment.
In addition, Lakeville Residence comes with a rainwater harvesting system where the treated water is used in its 4 gardens. Units have also been fitted with high efficiency products and are thermally optimised to reduce the water and electricity bills.
Finally, the development makes use of lush landscaping and water features in order to promote biodiversity, and reduce heat.
A low-density, 6-acre haven sited in the heart of an expat-friendly area, this integrated development comprises serviced residences, SOHOs, business suites, retail, and hotel. Each unit has been created to capture a “contained view” of the surroundings, yet natural light is still optimised.
Arcoris Residences’ design is what sets it apart from the rest – two terraced blocks of 18 and 35 storeys each, linked by a green central public plaza, lined with landscaped terraces. What’s even more unique is the solar shading system used (called a ‘brise-soleil’), that reduces the amount of heat gain.
Natural ventilation is further enhanced by the orientation of the parallel blocks, as well as by a series of voids within each building, which promote cross-ventilation.
Living in this residential enclave that overlooks the 80-acre Bukit Jalil Recreational Park means one thing: plenty of outdoor activities that’ll encourage healthier living! But it’s not just the park to look forward to, there are also 5 themed gardens within the development as well.
SkyLuxe On The Park has plenty of eco-friendly features, such as inverter lifts, rainwater harvesting units, and a dedicated recycling centre. What’s quaint is that the project’s various designs and layouts draw inspiration from nature; think ant colonies and butterfly chrysalises, for example.
An inverter lift is one that's equipped with a device that converts any leftover energy, and then effectively reuses the regenerated energy. It contributes to saving energy by returning the regenerative energy to the power supply.
The development also complies with Singapore’s CONQUAS (Construction Quality Assessment System), which serves as an assessment on the quality of building projects.
5) The Vyne
Homeowners can enjoy a variety of sustainable features here that helped the development earn its certification: rainwater harvesting system, optimised building design for maximum ventilation and natural sunlight, energy-efficient lighting at public areas, as well as water-efficient sanitary fittings.
Taking on a “’back to nature” concept, The Vyne is chock-a-block with lush greenery to promote a wholesome living. Check out their 2-acre central park which connects all the residential blocks seamlessly, including their thematic podium gardens and herbs garden.
With a total of 5 blocks (Trellis – 344 units; Liana – 304 units; Vitis – 152 units), there’s a unit for every person and budget!
Even with a 7-figure starting price, this GBI-rated project still saw units being snapped up rapidly. And no wonder, with such a prestigious address at Malaysia’s premium transportation and commercial hub, the world is at your fingertips!
Sporting a Gold standard GBI certification, residents can enjoy green features like landscaped parks and sky garden, rainwater harvesting system, façade that has canopy shading to protect the building from direct exposure to the sun, as well as optimised building orientation for ventilation and natural sunlight.
If that wasn’t all, the prime location has been shown to aid The Sentral Residences in experiencing an average price growth of 7.6% (2007 – 2017), according to Savills Malaysia’s research report.
There are two 38-storey towers, their façade easily identified by the series of undulating balconies. Each unit positioned in such a way so as to maximise the natural sunlight and ventilation, thus reducing the need for lights and fans/air-conditioning.
KL Gateway Residences earned its certification by incorporating a host of eco-friendly aspects by becoming an energy-efficient building with clean air technology, rainwater harvesting system, and brownfield development (usage of land that was previously contaminated by industrial waste).
Fun fact: PropertyGuru Malaysia’s office is located here, and yes, we get to enjoy the ease of access thanks to the major highways nearby, and the KL Gateway-University LRT station!
8) Twin Arkz
To achieve their ambition of the Silver standard GBI certification, this development aims to promote an eco-friendly way of life and reduced impact on the environment by integrating better design, construction, operation and maintenance throughout.
To all wellness and fitness enthusiasts, you’re able to avail yourself of the sports lounge, star gazing deck, outdoor gym, as well as the sky, hammock, and spice gardens. You’ll be inspired to spend more time outdoors and adopt a healthier lifestyle!
Twin Arkz consists of residential suites, SOHOs, and retail – all neatly packaged in one address. With 33-storeys, this low-density project also offers dual-key units.