Sime Darby Property to build D3 concept affordable homes

Sime Darby Property Bhd (SDP) expects the cost of building affordable homes and construction duration to reduce significantly, by implementing the Divergent Dwelling Design (D3) sustainable homes concept.

The D3 concept, a product of the Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (Cream), will be implemented in SDP’s affordable housing project by end of this year.

The D3 concept involves pre-fabrication and mass production of components for residential units that enables cost savings, higher product quality, reduction of on-site labour and minimised wastage.

SDP’s MD Datuk Jauhari Hamidi said construction on the project Harmoni 1 in Shah Alam, Selangor, is expected to begin by year-end, with two show units to be completed by mid-2017.

“The D3 will also enable property developers like us to break even on affordable housing projects, which before this, were constructed at negative margins.

“This will enable more builders to come forward and meet their social responsibility to build affordable homes, without compromising on quality,” he told reporters after witnessing a signing ceremony between SDP and Cream yesterday.

Jauhari said the D3 concept reduces construction time from three years to two years, which is 28% faster than conventional methods.

Harmoni 1 will be the first ever D3 project to be implemented physically. The project is located in Elmina West at the City of Elmina, Shah Alam.

The project comprises 562 apartment units sized between 900 sq ft and 1,000 sq ft, complemented by shop office units with a total gross development value of RM155 million.

Jauhari said the selling price would range between RM200,000 and RM250,000.