Development of Green Homes in Malaysia

Mohd Nazaruddin Yusoff, Mohd Nasrun Mohd Nawi, Hasif Rafidee Hasbollah and Farid Wajdi Akashah

The concept of green home refers to the relation between the buildings and the environment. Green homes consist of many elements, namely community design and planning, efficient usage of resources, use of alternative resources, natural system, protection and safety, and reusing and recycling approach. These elements form the many requirements of green homes among house buyers in Malaysia. As the major contributor to the global and local environmental negative impacts, environmentally conscious decisions on these elements will significantly contribute to the protection of environment. The objective of this study is to identify the needs and requirements those seeking to buy homes that have a low environmental impact and the components of low impact housing. The research sample was 86 house buyers. The survey was conducted in the north part of Malaysia. Convenience sampling technique was used. The study has confirmed that the price element is the most important criteria in the selection of home followed by a location. Only a few people embraced the importance of environmental factors. However, the factors will put an impact on sales. For future studies, it is recommended facilitate more studies involving the other stakeholders in the industry such as housing developers, authorities, suppliers and contractors. Comparison may provide a better understanding of how green homes practices can enhance house buyers’ requirements of green homes in Malaysia.

Volume 11 | 05-Special Issue

Pages: 1023-1030