KUALA LUMPUR : Setia Precast Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of S P Setia Bhd, today received the highest-in-the-country Industrialised Building System (IBS) score of 93.95 for the construction of Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) Government Quarters building in Setia Federal Hill.
Datuk Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid, the Chief Executive for the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia presented the award today to S P Setia president and CEO Datuk Khor Chap Jen in the newly completed government quarters building. Also present in the ceremony were CIDB Senior General Manager of the Technology Development Sector Datuk Elias Ismail; and S P Setia Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer Datuk Wong Tuck Wai.
Ahmad ‘Asri said that CIDB sees this highest IBS score as a significant achievement and a key milestone in the area of IBS.
“Truly, this further strengthens the IBS ecosystem in the Malaysian construction industry, in line with the goals of the Construction Industry Transformation Programme 2016-2020 (CITP) of doubling the productivity of the Malaysian construction sector. The adoption of technologies such as IBS has to be the main driver of construction transformation; as only through mechanisation, digitalisation and new tools can we achieve higher efficiency and productivity in the sector,” he shared.
CIDB has always championed IBS as the benefits of using this innovative and efficient construction methodology over conventional methods are clear. Projects adopting IBS have shorter completion timelines and enhanced quality of work. IBS is also able to ensure better safety outcomes, improve cost-effectiveness, and reduce construction waste for a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable industry.
“I am glad to note that Malaysia is taking concrete steps towards realising the benefits of IBS within the industry. Public sector projects worth more than RM10 million are now required to adopt IBS and achieve a score of 70% and above. Whereas in the private sector, projects worth RM50million and above are required to achieve an IBS score of 50% and above” added ‘Ahmad Asri further.
The construction of the KKM Government Quarters building that was commissioned for the Health Ministry commenced in August 2017. It has 15 floors in total with one of the floors reserved for administration office, and comes with facilities such as prayer rooms, community hall, playground, and guard house.