Komtar wins award for saving energy though green practices



PENANG’s tallest skyscraper Komtar has won a ‘one Diamond rating’ for the Low Carbon Building category.

Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia awarded Komtar after conducting an assessment on the building.

PDC Setia Urus chief executive officer Datuk Ang Choo Hong said SEDA Malaysia did an assessment on Komtar’s energy bill savings for the year 2017.

“SEDA Malaysia compared the 2016 and 2017 energy bills.

“The total energy bill in 2016 was RM10,998,680. This amount was used as a baseline data.

“We manage to reduce the amount by 7.38% or RM811,936 in 2017.

“The ‘one Diamond rating’ was awarded to Komtar for achieving the emission reduction of 5.6%.

“It is equivalent to reducing 1,026,556 kWh per year or 712.43 tonnes of CO2 per year,” Ang told a press conference today.

Ang said the reduction was made possible due to several green practices.

“A number of constant speed motorised AHUs were replaced with new AHUs of variable speed drives in 2016 and 2017. We also upgraded some electrical equipment to save energy and to prevent energy loss.

“Automatic glass doors were also installed to prevent external heat from entering the building,” he said.

Ang said several projects were carried out last year to convert the electricity tariffs from Tariff B to Tariff C1.

“The conversion had a great positive impact on Komtar’s electricity bills. We manage to reduce another 12.1% of the bill amount last year (as compared to the bill amount in 2017),” he said, adding that the reduction was successful despite the Imbalance Cost Pass-Through (IPCT) revision from July last year.

Also present were Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng and electrical engineer Mohan Raj.

Story by Danny Ooi
Pix by Alissala Thian