Updated: Apr 26, 2021
IEN has been invited to speak and moderate the inaugural Green Building Conference organized by REHDA and GreenRE under the theme "Building a Sustainable Future". The conference was opened by YBM Senator Dato’ Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Ibni Raja Ahmad Baharuddin Shah (Deputy Minister of Housing & Local Government, KPKT), who promised to accelerate the green building development in Malaysia by providing more incentives and policies. For the panel discussion, Gregers (IEN) invoked the sense of urgency for sustainable development by quoting Joseph Stiglitz (Chief Economist of the World Bank and winner of the "Nobel Prize in economics"), who recently stated that the climate crisis is our “third world war and needs a bold response because we cannot afford not to act, as our civilization is at stake”.
Apart from green building case studies, this conference also has a focus on green financing. Towards the end of the conference, Gregers (IEN) gave a presentation entitled "High Performing Buildings, where Going Green was Not an Afterthought". Other speakers include keynote speaker, Jonas Bengtsson (CEO of EDGE Environment and president of CEO, EDGE Environment and president of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society, Dr Gary Theseira (MESTECC), Samantha Allen (International WELL Building Institute Asia, Hong Kong) and Michael Edward Long (Head of Sustainability Asia, Lendlease, Australia). The conference was held at One World Hotel, PJ, Malaysia, and also includes three green building visits one day before the conference.