By Sharen Kaur
INDUSTRIALISED Building System (IBS) or pre-fabricated construction has not yet met its targeted objectives, a Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) official said yesterday.
CIDB chairman Tan Sri Jamilus Hussein said although the administrative structure to transform from labour-intensive construction to a more capital-intensive sector is in place, the market has not fully embraced the concept. "With only two years to the end of the IBS Roadmap, we are far from achieving the objectives," he said in his keynote address at the Malaysian International IBS Exhibition (MIIE 2009) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
IBS is a technique that uses pre-fabricated components or off-site installation, where project clients and developers can benefit from reduced building material wastages. This is because the components are made to size already. The system will enable buildings to be developed faster and stronger, hence save costs and time. It will also help reduce dependence on foreign workers from 320,000 now to 250,000 by 2015. Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed had said that more than two-thirds of the RM9.6 billion infrastructure projects under the Public Works Department and related agencies must use IBS.
The IBS is a strategic step to move the local construction industry further up the value chain, transforming it into a service industry that deals with components manufactured in factories.
"To achieve the objective, industrialisation of IBS is essential to utilise market forces to bring down prices. We must also review the IBS scoring system and separate the data on infrastructure fabricated components from building IBS," Jamilus said.
The three-day MIIE 2009, ending tomorrow, is being held at the CIDB Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. It is an exhibition organised by CIDB and IBS Centre on IBS products and technologies, participated by more than 100 exhibitors. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is scheduled to open MIIE 2009 on Friday.