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USIM Mizan Park Showcases Green Technology Building

NILAI, March 17 (Bernama) -- Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) is moving a step ahead in its research on green building with the construction of the Mizan Park project in its campus.

Mizan Park comprises one housing unit and two office units which are built using the modular system technology and design by USIM's Faculty of Engineering and Build Environment (FKAB).

The university's vice-chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr Musa Ahmad, said the two office buildings at the park would be used to carry out further research on green building.

"The design is based on the concept of multi-functional office so that the office is energy-efficient, sustainable and flexible as a work place and can be converted for other purposes when necessary.

"As a building which uses renewable energy and energy-efficient, it is an intelligent automated office because it uses future technology to become a zero-energy building," he said in a statement.

He said the unique characteristics of the building included using solar energy as its source of electricity, using water filter technology and rain harvesting and high internal comfort.

Musa said one of the office building would be used specifically for research and preparations by the FKAB team participating in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition in Dubai.

"As the country's sole representative, USIM is banking on the model of a smart house which operates fully using solar energy to win the competition which offers a prize of AED10 million," he added.

Meanwhile, on the house being built at Mizan Park, he said, it was built based on the model of the flood house designed by USIM which was selected by TESCO Malaysia for the 2015 TESCO-USIM Shelter project.

He said 10 units of such houses were built by TESCO for flood victims in Tumpat, Kelantan, who lost their houses when the extra-ordinary flood hit the state in 2014.

He said the house, with a floor space of 750 sq metre, had three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and two bathrooms.

As a house which is syariah compliance, it is showcased so that others could have a close look at it and to use the building concept for other purposes, he added.

"This is because the building technology is based on modular system, the building structure and technical components are movable, can be opened and reassembled at any location, environmental-friendly and low cost," he added.

-- BERNAMA