Industrialised Building System or better known as IBS has been around for a very long time. This is where construction components are manufactured in a controlled environment either on site or off site and then placed or assembled into construction works. Out of Malaysia, this term (IBS) is also known as Pre-Fabricated / Pre-Fab Construction etc. The benefit of IBS is that it increases the productivity and quality of the construction work. A friend commented that only in Malaysia that we are not fully on IBS yet. It’s already implemented in all advanced property markets. I think he is right because a google for ‘prefab homes’ returned 27 million results and everything on first page is pretty applicable too.
Article in thestar.com.my Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin announced that ALL government affordable housing projects would be built using industrialised building system (IBS) technology by 2024. The reasons include cost (it’s cheaper), speed (it’s faster) and added that it would also reduce the government’s dependence on foreign workers. She said, “It will help us meet our target to build a million affordable homes for more Malaysians in the next decade and it will also ensure the construction of quality homes. The IBS method is also the intelligent way forward as we need to work hard to achieve our target of building 100,000 homes a year in the next 10 years.” She also expects more developers to migrate to the IBS technology and next year, 50% of all the ministry projects will be built using IBS. Article in thestar.com.my
Since this is so beneficial (as per the KPKT Minister), then why are the developers in Malaysia not fully using it yet? Well there are many reasons stated and not all developers are on the same page because they are at different stages in their property development journey. As for the adoption level by developers currently, CIDB said earlier that adoption of IBS by the private sector is at around 35% currently. My personal opinion is this. If something is proven to be beneficial in the long run, then all stakeholders must be moving forward all the time. A very good example? 5G may not be rolled out by many countries this year and 4G is good enough but all countries should be moving towards 5G… (I hope so even if the most advanced few countries have some worry about the implementation). Happy following.
written on 18 March 2019
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