Engineering Seminar Series 17/2_2010: Green Buildings & Malaysia GBI

Ir Dr Kannan K. S.

Date: 2010-10-13
Time: 18:00 to 19:00
Venue: LT 5-0-01


Green building design challenges designers to go beyond the codes to improve overall building performance, and minimize life-cycle environmental impact and cost. The presentation begins with the definition of green buildings and what makes a building sustainable.  Passive technologies pertaining to building envelope and daylighting as implemented in the LEO & GEO buildings are highlighted. The   integrated design process is a process by which all of the design variables that affect one another are considered together and resolved in an optimal fashion. It could also be called a holistic design in that it looks at the entire building as a whole and emphasizes the integration of the different aspects of building design.   Optimized green buildings are designed as whole buildings in which all the elements of the project are designed together, with full consideration of how they affect each other. Examples of the kinds of interactions between elements are site, energy, materials & indoor environmental quality. Design elements that cut across multiple disciplines include daylighting, natural ventilation and water conservation.   Three major   building rating systems are discussed. The categories and structure of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system are outlined. The definition of an Intelligent Building according to the Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings and the Intelligent Building Index which provides a quantitative and comprehensive assessment method for Intelligent Buildings is mentioned. The Malaysian Green Building Index is introduced. The presentation ends with green building examples available throughout the world.

About the Speaker

Ir. Dr. Kannan has been in the academic field for more than 30 years (1968 – 2001). He was Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He is now with the Institute Sultan Iskandar, UTM as Head of the Centre of Energy Studies. He is a professional engineer registered with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia and a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council, U.K. He is currently a local energy consultant and has more than 30 years experience in energy research and consultancy. His expertise is in energy efficiency practices and technologies in buildings and industry. He has carried out energy audits and feasibility studies in a range of Malaysian buildings and industries. He has been involved in studies related to energy efficiency and the development of energy policies working for both local and international organizations.  He has served as Chairman of the Technical Committee on Energy Efficiency involved in the update of Malaysian Standard MS 1525 – Code of Practice for Energy Efficiency and use of Renewable Energy for non-residential Buildings. He was also the Chairman of the Working Group which developed the Standards in 2000/2001.  At the ASEAN level Dr. Kannan serves in the Board of Judges for the ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Best Practices Competition for Energy Efficient Buildings since 2002, holding the post of Chairman of the Board in the years 2004 and 2005. He was Local Technical Advisor to the DANIDA project on CDM from March 2003 to September 2003 and the project on Energy Efficiency in Buildings from June 2004 to February 2005. From March 2005 to December 2007, he was attached to Pusat Tenaga Malaysia (Malaysia Energy Center) as Chief Project Coordinator for the ‘Malaysian Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project’, a project funded by UNDP-GEF. He is currently the National Project Coordinator for an UNIDO-GEF project on ‘Industrial Energy Efficiency in the Malaysian Manufacturing sector’. In July 2006, he was a recipient of the ASEAN Energy Award for Excellence in Energy Management. In January 2007 he was awarded the Fellow Member of ASHRAE and since July 1st 2008, he is a Distinguished Lecturer of ASHRAE.