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IBS Enhances Architects' Creativity - CIDB

KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 (Bernama) -- The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has addressed the concern of architects and engineers and allowed them to be more creative with the improved Industrialised Building System (IBS), according to CIDB Chief Executive Officer Datuk Hamzah Hasan.

He said this was because the board was standardising all building components into modules which could be used according to the architects' and engineers' design.

"These modules are just like the children's lego set which comes in various sizes and shapes and can be assembled according to the design of the builders," he told Bernama.

He noted that with the new modules, architects and engineers who were previously reluctant to use the IBS, as they feared it would curtail their creativity, now had less reasons to avoid it.

He said the new modules would further consolidate the IBS so that it could be widely accepted by the industry.

Hamzah said the other advantage of standardising was that the components could be manufactured in bulk to reduce costs and make it easily available in the market for contractors.

He said that among the components standardised so far were columns, beams, doors, door frames, windows, tiles, ceiling and roof trusses.

The IBS is ideal in cutting down building time and cost, downsizing human labour and protecting the environment.

The government is encouraging the use of IBS for all its projects.

In fact, the Treasury issued a circular last year making it mandatory for contractors carrying out government projects to use at least 70 per cent of components that were IBS compliant

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