Green Modular Malaysian Idea House


This is the Idea House by Broadway Malyan for Sime Darby Property, one of the largest property developers in Malaysia.  The home was designed as an attempt to become the first carbon zero residence in South East Asia.  The home would be prefabricated in modules to save on labor costs, speed up the construction process, and make deconstruction of the home easy at the end of its useful life.  Some other green aspects of the home design include:


  • Deep overhangs that provide shade;
  • Open, flexible interior spaces to accommodate a variety of uses;
  • Installation of a greywater system to reuse water;
  • Use of low-flow, water-efficient fixtures;
  • A green roof garden with a rainwater capture system for irrigation;
  • Optimal site orientation to increase ventilation and daylighting; and
  • A rooftop photovoltaic system to provide power the entire house;

The eco house prototype will serve as a model for developer Sime Darby Property to adopt strategies in whole or in part in an effort to increase its overall environmental commitment to development.  We'll keep an eye on the prototype to see if it actually gets built. 

[PDF] The Idea House for Sime Darby Property.



Photo credits: Broadway Malyan; first noticed at WAN

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  • Bman

    REALLY nice design! I also hope this gets built.

    • Preston

      I know, it’d be nice to see how that orange turns out.

  • Richard

    Nice. Now I’m pretty sure that this house will be energy-efficient given the climate in the area. I think that more emphasis should be placed in the development of these green houses.

  • Anonymous

    Very cool house. It kind of reminds me of an Ikea coffee table I used to have.

  • Portland Condo Auctions

    Pretty looking home. Land is cheap in Southeast Asia, so if you dont mind living in a place with a slightly unstable government you could pick up a plot of land for your sustainable home away from home for cheap.


  • nicolas

    can this really be called the “first carbon zero residence in South East Asia”? i think the indigenous populations of malaysia and the rest of South East Asia could teach us something about sustainable living.

  • Singapore Property

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  • Rocklin real estate

    Well, it is incredibly unique at least! useful one for the Real Estate Owners.

  • Probate Real Estate Investing

    Well, it is incredibly unique at least!

  • Jeff

    How much did it cost to build this house?

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