Student Pavilion UNIMAS for Platinum Green Building Index

  • A. Baharun
  • S.H. Ibrahim
  • R. Affandi
  • P.G. Goh



Green Building Index is a rating tool to evaluate a building on its sustainability. Student Pavilion in UNIMAS is a green building to cater with the GBI rating. In this study, it looks into the current facility that the building has according to six(6) criteria: energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, sustainable site planning and management, material and resources, water efficiency, and innovation. Each criterion is evaluated accordingly to its tasks. The building of Student Pavilion has an Overall Thermal Transfer Value of 34.08 which is less than 50 as required by GBI rating guidelines. The facility is greatly relying on natural day light, when the illuminance in the room is less than 300 lux, artificial light is switched on, to fill the insufficient illuminance. There is electrical sub-metering for each tenant to monitor and diagnose the usage of electric. Solar panel at Student Pavilion can annually provide 5537.4 kWhr/year but it is insufficient to support the total electric usage of the building. Besides that, the thermal comfort of Student Pavilion is within the range of thermal comfort except for the food court area as the building is designed and built to allow for maximum wind flow and air exchange so that it would not rely on air-conditioning system. The building materials and transportation to the site is also considered in GBI. Furthermore, the water demand and rainwater harvesting at Student Pavilion is determined and it was found that the current supply of rainwater harvesting is not enough to cater with the demand of the occupants, hence larger volume of rainwater harvesting storage should be provided. The current green facility of Student Pavilionshould be improved in order to achieve Platinum in GBI.


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How to Cite
Baharun, A., Ibrahim, S., Affandi, R., & Goh, P. (2014). Student Pavilion UNIMAS for Platinum Green Building Index. Journal of Civil Engineering, Science and Technology, 5(1), 23-27.