The MoU between Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and CIDB is aimed at speeding up adoption of the Industrialised Building Systems (IBIS), and the Building Information Modelling (BIM) to ensure environmentally sustainable practices and compliance to material standards.
Dato Ahmad Asri bin Abdul Hamid, as the Chief Executive of CIDB Malaysia signed for the agency while IRDA’s Chief Executive, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim represented IRDA.
“As a regional authority for the development of Iskandar Malaysia, IRDA is in the forefront of building technologies and had already started looking at industrialised systems in the building of houses and other construction projects,” said Ahmad Asri.
“The MoU is significant because of the rapid development that is taking place in Iskandar Malaysia, catalysed by large-scale construction projects in the region,” he added.
According to a joint statement, the strategic partnership commits IRDA to improve the adoption of IBS, BIM and sustainable practices as well as to ensure compliance to material standards in its projects.
CIDB’s role in the partnership is to complement IRDA’s efforts by providing necessary information and resources for effective implementation of modern construction technologies and practices, the statement said.
Present at the signing ceremony was Dato Sri Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof, the Minister of Works.
“The signing of this MoU between CIDB and IRDA is in line with the Federal Government policy with the private sector that by 2020 industrialised building systems must be used on projects of over RM50 million,” Fadillah said.
Some of the advantages of using IBS the Minister listed were: less wastage, cleaner construction sites and less reliant on foreign labour.
The initiative has already received buy-in from all the states and to date and in addition to IRDA, the City councils of Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya and Putrajaya Holdings have sealed their partnership with CIDB on IBS implementation.
Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, IRDA’s Chief Executive said that IRDA’s focus is to create sustainable built environments for Iskandar Malaysia to become a strong, sustainable metropolis of international standing by 2025.
Earlier, the Minister together with executives from CIDB and IRDA were briefed on the Sunway Iskandar and Forest City developments where both developers are using industrialised building systems for their projects.