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Though there has been increased efforts by the Malaysian Government and developers to provide affordable housing, the supply has yet to be sufficient to meet the demand.


Industrialised Building System (IBS)

But what is IBS and what does building with IBS mean to Malaysians?

To begin, IBS is also known as Pre-fabricated/Pre-fab Construction, which, these terms suggest, is to pre-fabricate the components required in constructing a building, either off site or on-site, usually in a controlled environment.

In simple terms, it is mass-producing the parts of a building and assembling them during construction- a little like Lego, but much more complicated, and certainly not as easy as a robot that builds and entire house in just 2 days.


IBS technology builds cheaper, faster and cleaner

The cost of construction largely affects the pricing of (new) properties. Hence, IBS offers benefits which can lower construction costs and consequentially, home prices.


Benefits of IBS:

- Reduce use of construction materials (e.g.: scaffolding, timber props).
- Reduce completion time of building(s) due to easier installation of pre-fabricated elements.
- Reduce number of site workers needed.
- Reduces construction waste and thus, cost of eliminating waste.

These benefits can cut down construction costs on part of the developer, enabling properties, especially homes, to be built with lower costs. Those savings can then be passed on to homebuyers.


Reasonably priced IBS-built homes

Only a handful of developers in Malaysia utilise IBS in constructing their properties. However, it has been proven that quality homes can be reasonably priced with the use of IBS, even offering a wide range of facilities. SP Setia is one such developer, with a number of reasonably priced landed and non-landed developments in Semenyih and Setia Alam.

SP Setia developments constructed using IBS:

Semenyih:
Setia EcoHill

Click on the locations and properties to gain a comprehensive view of launch prices, current prices and transacted prices of the properties and neighbourhoods.


Encouraging the use of IBS to increase supply of affordable housing

The Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (REHDA) and the Malaysian government are in talks to provide added incentives to property developers who utilise IBS.

REHDA President, Datuk Seri FD Iskandar Mohamed Mansor, expressed the optimistic outlook that prices of homes can be lowered should the majority of developers adopt this system.

“We are looking at an economy of scale here, the more property developers participate, the higher the possibility of lowering the prices,” he said.

He also added that “The more incentives we have on tax, rebates on materials and others, then the pricing can definitely be cheaper.”

The 2016 Budget had also revealed an RM500 million IBS Promotion Fund, which is an effort to produce affordable and quality homes to Malaysians at a quicker rate.

“This will tremendously help developers build better quality homes at a faster rate resulting in higher volume of units to cater to the increasing demand for affordable homes,” says 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA) chief financial officer Datuk Hasleen Isnin in a report by the New Straits Times.


Conclusion

Cutting down on construction costs and time, IBS could potentially be the future of affordable housing in Malaysia. Adoption of this technology on a large scale will encourage even lower construction prices, resulting in the ability to build cheaper, quality homes at a faster rate.

What do you think of this technology? Could it really be the answer to the lack of affordable housing in Malaysia? Share your thoughts with us below and be rewarded!



(References: http://www.malaysiapropertynews.com.my/2016/09/rehda-in-talks-with-govt-over-incentives-for-developers-using-ibs-.htmhttp://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/10/ibs-gets-boost-2016-budget)

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Will IBS be sustainable in Malaysia for landed and apartment type properties to lower the prices?

I believe Singapore is using IBS for construction section since long ago. Anyone in this field can confirm this?


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Yea, there are property in Malaysia using IBS method in building. Saves time, saves cost and manpower too. pre-frabricated walls/facade. Just installing it using tower or normal crane depending on the height of the building structure.

In malaysia, even using IBS method, the price will tend to be the same.

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 With less manpower and more machinery on site... and the chances of work site injury become less...

I wonder why the industry/government is not gearing towards full IBS and make the property prices more affordable?

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Will only cross the fingers, even with IBS materials, the lesser the overhead cost, the price will eventually be the same.


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@domng actually is developer side problem. IBS can be only applied efficiently when doing big project. That's why most developer doesn't want to involve in this, which only result in higher costing eventually. 

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Ive approach an owner who own a unit in Oug Parklane years back with IBS technology. The problem is management not allowed him to hacked the wall for example add wiring or rewiring. But this sounds doesn't make sense to me....

Any professional can clarify on this? Is IBS wall can be hacked ( to install wiring, not bring the whole wall down)? 

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@alextxm96 

I think it all boils down to the government involvement; to force developers to implement IBS. 

Economics of Scale will tell us that it is economically feasible; big or small projects.