Move to increase the uptake of IBS
Aliff Yusri 13 Sep 2017 16:34
(From left) Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government secretary-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek, Works Ministry’s Datuk Seri Zohari Akob, CIDB Malaysia senior GM (Technology Development Sector) Datuk Elias Ismail and chief executive Datuk Ahamd ‘Asri at the CIDB IBS Townhall.

The Federal Government is seeking to accelerate the uptake of the Industrialised Building System (IBS) as it provides many benefits to property purchasers and society as a whole.  

The IBS approach has been present in Malaysia since the early 1960s and involves the use of prefabricated components and mechanisation to reduce manpower requirements and material wastage. Though IBS can reduce construction timeframes compared with conventional methods, it has yet to see widespread adoption among private stakeholders.

In 2016, IBS uptake in the private sector accounted for 72% (4,851 projects) of total construction works, with a value of RM176.3 bil. IBS has been a requirement for public projects worth RM10 mil and above since 2008. According to industry statistics, housing projects accounted for 30% (RM38.1 bil) of total construction works in the same year.

To encourage the adoption of IBS, the Ministry of Works (KKR) and the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) recently organised a townhall in collaboration with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia to enhance the use of IBS in the private sector.

Held at the CIDB Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur on Sept 11, Works Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Zohari Akob highlighted the need to accelerate IBS in the construction sector. Zohari was also the keynote speaker at the event.

The townhall session, dubbed Mechanisms to Mandate the Use of IBS Methods in the Construction Industry, was also held to obtain feedback from industry stakeholders prior to the enforcement of IBS uptake in private construction projects.

On July 10, the National Council on Local Government agreed with the proposal to require the implementation of IBS for construction projects in the private sector by setting it as a condition for the approval of a Planning Permission, Development Order and Building Plan for private projects valued at RM50 mil and above.

The proposed use of the IBS method will be implemented through legal mechanisms, with a three-year transitional grace period for the private sector.


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