SBC Group Cultivates Community with Edible Sky Gardens for Condominium Residents

September 18th, 2015 Kuala Lumpur –  SBC Group, together with NGO, EcoKnights have embarked on a place making effort together through the installation of edible community sky gardens in the Kiara East Dex condominiums.

In the process of making spaces for the edible gardens, the gardens are also designed to create social spaces for the condominium blocks and the residents.

TL Sia, SBC Group’s Chief Operating Officer says, "With rapid urbanisation and environmental concerns, Malaysians are becoming more eco-conscious and seek homes which can achieve energy and cost savings while benefit the environment at the same time. At Kiara East, we are committed to setting benchmarks for a desirable live-work-play-learn in an integrated township with a vibrant and eco-conscious community."

“The edible community gardens which we worked together on with EcoKnights will feature local species of edible herbs and fruits from bird’s eye chili, pandan leaves, or even vegetables, which are grown in an aquaponics system. The aquaponics system will allow vegetables like amaranth and spinach to grow freely to be harvested by the residents. And we hope that the new residents of Dex Suites will enjoy the free access and usage of these edible plants and fish,” added Sia.

“This is part of SBC Group’s effort towards facilitating a fresh community.  In addition, we hope that these gardens will serve the needs of the residents and thus, if you need to use these herbs and fish, the residents can obtain it from within the condominiums, minimizing the need to drive over distances to obtain these herbs from supermarkets. This also go some way towards belong people realize that they too can do their bit towards reducing the impact of one’s own carbon footprint,” elaborated Sia.

 “The gardens are not just open spaces. The kind of plant species grown are all edible. Whether lemongrass or curry leaves, kaffir lime to pomelo, the SBC edible gardens offer the residents a free source of herbs and fruits. In addition, the gardens are also islands of shades,” says Yasmin Rasyid, president of EcoKnights who supervised the design and installation of the gardens. 

 

 

The Dex condominiums consist of 593 stylishly designed units in few sizes, offering practical spaces that are designed to provide maximum natural light. The edible community gardens are installed in sky balconies of the condominiums. Committed to providing good quality community space, Dex Condominiums also has several other efficient or “green” initiatives, such as rainwater harvesting and pedestrian train connection. Community spaces are perhaps the most distinctive legacy of the Dex Suites DNA; where the development marry efficient compact living space with Marcadia, the multi-use outdoor “market-arcade” community space. Marcadia is a village square in the heart of Kiara East featuring a food arcade, retail spaces, an artist’s circle as well as a bazaar area.

Dex Suites condominium is part of the Kiara 20-acre integrated development of villas, condo-styled suites, lofts and F&B retail, all connected via walk ways.  Planned as a multi-generational scheme, suitable for both the young and old, with plenty of open spaces to meet, such as the park, lake or our town square Marcadia, this development is also connected with a train station and via Jalan Kuching to Duke, NKVE and MRR2 expressways.

About SBC Group

SBC CORPORATION BERHAD (199310P) previously known as Siah Brothers Construction is a construction and property development company listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad since 1991.

Established more than 60 years ago, SBC built its reputation primarily on the construction of high-rise buildings in Malaysia, having first established its name as builder of many of Kuala Lumpur’s landmark buildings. SBC has a history of reliability in completing projects across the entire spectrum of real estate products.

SBC delivered many of the tall buildings in Kuala Lumpur with a 100% track record of timely completion. SBC is a ‘Class A’ contractor registered under PKK and PAM as well as ‘G7’ classification under CIDB. SBC is ISO 9002 certified.

In development, SBC’s current projects are located in both Peninsula & East Malaysia.

In addition to our track record in completing many projects, SBC has a record of successful joint ventures and projects with private companies Government and Government related groups such as Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam, JKR, Bank Negara, PKNS, Islamic International University, Sabah State Government and Yayasan Sabah.

Key Information

  • Class A, CIDB G7, ISO 9002 certified Contractor
  • Heritage builder, expanded into property development in 1990
  • Listed on main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 1991
  • Changed name from Siah Brothers Corporation Berhad to SBC Corporation Berhad in 1993
  • Paid-up capital of more than RM300 million


About EcoKnights

EcoKnights is an NGO that works closely with businesses and communities to promote sustainable solutions. The organization is dedicated to creating sustainable communities within their multifamily developments, fostering interaction between residents and providing a sense of attachment to a neighborhood beyond just the property - offering residents with the environment and tools to live healthier, more sustainable lives. In addition, one of EcoKnights’ focuses is to work closely with property developers to ensure the buildings they develop achieve the sustainable goals that were originally set. One of the biggest ways to do so is by raising awareness in how the buildings should be used, thereby influencing human behavior.

For more information about this effort, and for media inquiries, please contact: info@ecoknights.org.my

 

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