SPNB to build more affordable housing with AGIBS

BY FARA AISYAH

Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB) plans to adopt the Ajiya Green Integrated Building Solutions (AGIBS) in developing more affordable housing, specifically 20,000 units of Felda’s New Generation Housing Project (PGBF) by year-end.

SPNB CEO Datuk Ahmad Azizi Ali said the projects will be built in collaboration with Ajiya Bhd, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ajiya in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.

“The implementation of industrialised building system (IBS) in our projects will improve the deliverable time of the products, improve sustainable environment and quality of the product development,” he told reporters after the MoU ceremony.

“We have around 50,000 units left to be built. We hope by adopting AGIBS, we can speed up the construction and will be able to deliver this responsibility on time,” said Ahmad Azizi.

AGIBS is a patented IBS that provides the construction industry with sustainable and fully integrated building solutions to overcome manpower constraint, shorten construction time and reduce operating course.

With the adoption of AGIBS, the construction and delivery time is greatly reduced.

An average conventional housing project usually takes up to 24 months of construction period, where AGIBS will only take eight months to complete.

It comprises four to eight series of housing components, namely light weight metal wall frames, metal roofing and awn- ing, metal light weight roof trusses, metal doors and windows frames, metal structural floor decking, metal ceilings metal louvres and sunshades, and safety glass and sash.

Ajiya MD Datuk Chan Wah Kiang who was also present at the ceremony said AGIBS is different from other majority IBS in town, as it is a fully integrated system comprising the company’s whole series of housing components required to build a house, whereas the others are mostly focusing on single components.

“We have received positive indication from SPNB that the maiden project to be kicked off is the PGBF comprising 20,000 houses, and we expect to begin construction by the end of this year or early next year,” Chan said.

This will further enhance the sustainability of the company by having a diverse income base.”

The project, which has a total gross development value of RM2.8 billion, will be undertaken in three phases and the first phase will start in Terengganu.

Other than this project, the company is also looking to collaborate with SPNB’s “Rumah Aspirasi Rakyat” and “Rumah Idaman Rakyat” developments.

Ajiya aims to expand the offering of AGIBS to other affordable housing projects, regardless of public or private sector-driven developments.

“This is because AGIBS is capable of eradicating the most pressing issue faced by the industry, which is manpower shortage as the components can be mass-produced in a factory environment rather than onsite, and can be assembled by lighter equipment rather than heavy machinery,” he said.