The Need for Energy Efficiency Legislation in Malaysian Building Sector. A Comparative Study of South East Asian Policies

Suzaini Zaid, Peter Graham

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The Malaysian building sector approximately consumes 53% of national electricity generated, and emits 5,301 ktons of greenhouse gases (GHG) with an annual growth rate of 6.4%. While voluntary codes of practice for energy efficiency and use or renewable energy exist for non-residential buildings, Malaysia has yet to adopt mandatory energy efficiency legislation for its building sector. Mandatory building energy performance codes have been shown to be the most cost-efficient and effective policy instruments for reducing building energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, without mandatory and comprehensive energy efficiency policy, Malaysia faces locking in substantial inefficiencies, and higher than necessary climate change impacts from its building sector. A comparison of energy efficiency policies from other South East Asian countries with similar climatic characteristics will be a valuable insight for Malaysia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRICS COBRA 2012 Legal Research Symposium
Place of PublicationLas Vegas, USA
PublisherRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventRICS COBRA 2012 - Las Vegas, United States of America
Duration: 10 Sep 201213 Sep 2012


ConferenceRICS COBRA 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityLas Vegas


  • building control
  • developing country
  • energy efficiency
  • policy development

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