KDU Go Green Campus Won The Shah Alam Low Carbon Building Award 2017

Shah Alam Low Carbon Building Award 2017 was presented to Mitchell Liong Chee Chiun (2nd from right), Senior Manager of Student and Alumni Centre (SAC), KDU University College by the Mayor of Shah Alam Dato’ Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad (2nd from left). 
 
A group photo of the winners of Shah Alam Low Carbon Awards 2017 with the Mayor of Shah Alam Dato’ Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad (standing in the centre). 
 
With the implementation of KDU Sustainability Empowerment Initiative under KDU Empowerment Plan, and the adoption of 17 important characteristics of being a Green Campus since it moved to its flagship campus at Utropolis Glenmarie in 2015, KDU University College today proudly proved that they are on the right track in creating a green eco-system by receiving the Low Carbon Building Award 2017 from the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).

At the prize giving ceremony held in MBSA headquarter here, KDU was bestowed the First-Runner-Up of Low Carbon Building, under the category of Commercial and Institution for the general title of Shah Alam Low Carbon Awards 2017. The award with a cash prize of RM2000 was presented by the Mayor of Shah Alam Dato’ Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad, to Mr Mitchell Liong Chee Chiun, Senior Manager of Student and Alumni Centre (SAC), KDU University College.

"This accolade is to reward organisations and individuals with excellent green footprint, in order to encourage the community in improving the quality of low-carbon lives with continuous implementation of go green programmes using low carbon elements,” said the Mayor.

According to Dato’ Ahmad Zaharin, there were 53 institutions in total that competed for the awards. The assessment period spanned from 18 May to 15 October 2017 was based on the data collected for the whole year of 2016. The competitors were graded on the establishment of Low-Carbon-Committee, the initiative of programme implementation, the efforts on reducing energy and saving water, the management of solid waste and the arrangement of transportation, just to name a few.  

The core objectives of this award are parallel with the goal set by MBSA in achieving Carbon Dioxide Release Rate of 30 by 2030.
 
Commenting on the award-winning, Liong enthused, “In our KDU Empowerment Plan, KDU Sustainability aims to protect the environment by planning, organising and introducing numerous campus-wide programmes and sustainability efforts that will reach out to all students. By winning this award, it shows that we are on the right track to further create and educate our community to have a green ecosystem.”

With the ‘Go Green’ ideology, KDU has been emphasising on the creation of a sustainable environment that can contribute to sustainable education, as this will eventually produce graduates of higher quality. In line with the ‘Green Campus’ concept, KDU’s main campus building located at Utropolis Glenmarie, Shah Alam has been implementing crucial characteristics such as follow:  
  • 16.3% of green footprint;
  • Building automation system to monitor energy usage;
  • Good passive envelope design with Overall Thermal Transfer Value (OTTV) of less than 45W/m2 (minimal solar heat gain through façade);
  • Naturally ventilated courtyard and corridors;
  • Advance Building Management System with scheduling capabilities;
  • Energy efficient centralized chilled water air conditioning system;
  • Provision of digital power meters to track energy consumption for reporting and improvement;
  • Demand-controlled ventilation control using CO2 sensors for lecture theatres;
  • More than 30% of the area designed with usable daylighting;
  • Harvested rainwater used for irrigation and cooling tower make up;
  • Water efficient sanitary fittings;
  • Water leak detection system for conservation of water;
  • Energy efficient artificial lighting design and fittings;
  • Facilities for recycling activities;
  • Dedicated preferred car park for green vehicles;
  • Tobacco smoke-free campus;
  • Educational displays showing building's real-time energy performance.