Boost use of IBS, al­low build­ing of ‘shell houses’, govt urged

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Prop­erty Man­agers (MIPPM) has sug­gested the gov­ern­ment boost the use of the In­dus­tri­alised Build­ing Sys­tem (IBS) and al­low the in­tro­duc­tion of “shell house” con­cept to make hous­ing more af­ford­able.

Its pres­i­dent, Sarku­nan Subra­ma­niam, said af­ford­able hous­ing is one of the per­ti­nent is­sues in the Malaysian econ­omy to­day and in or­der to pro­vide more houses to the peo­ple, there is a need for mea­sures to fo­cus on a num­ber of ar­eas and to find cre­ative ways of im­ple­ment­ing them.

Sarku­nan, who is also Knight Frank Sdn Bhd man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said the use of IBS is ef­fec­tive to bring down costs and the gov­ern­ment should fur­ther pro­mote its use by more de­vel­op­ers and con­trac­tors.

In Bud­get 2016, the gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated RM500 mil­lion for IBS pro­mo­tion, which was made avail­able through Small Medium En­ter­prise Devel­op­ment Bank Malaysia Bhd to pro­vide soft loans to de­vel­op­ers and con­trac­tors in cat­e­gory G5 and be­low.

Hold­ers of G5 li­cences are al­lowed to un­der­take civil en­gi­neer­ing and build­ing con­struc­tion jobs whose value does not ex­ceed RM5 mil­lion.

“Be­sides push­ing for IBS, gov­ern­ment could also con­sider al­low­ing de­vel­op­ers to build a ‘shell house’, which is a house with­out in­ter­nal struc­tures. This will al­low the own­ers to de­sign ac­cord­ing to their needs,” Sarku­nan said.

He said this could be an­other way to make houses more af­ford­able as buy­ers do not have to pay for houses with stan­dard in­ter­nal struc­tures that they do not need. – Ber­nama

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