The Diamond Building in Putrajaya is the first office building in Malaysia to secure the Green Building Index platinum rating, and the first outside of Singapore to obtain the Green Mark platinum rating.
Soontom Boonyatikam was principal architect for the Diamond Building, which houses the Malaysian Government’s Energy Commission.
The building was constructed with sustainable and energy-saving materials, from energy-efficient computers and lighting systems to non-toxic organic cleaning materials.
Rainwater is harvested for toilets and gardens while grey water is recycled to irrigate the wetlands outside, saving up to 80% on water usage.
The shape of the building allows for a bigger area on the ground for greenery, while the larger roof area provides space for solar panels while solar power supplies about 10% of the energy used in the building.
The building’s inverted pyramid shape also directs wind into the basement where there is a cross-ventilation system.