Ts. Dr. Vincent Woon and NESE Students Publish in Building and Environment


The Research and Postgraduate Centre congratulates Kyle Sebastian Mulya, Ng Wai Lam, and Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Vincent Woon Kok Sin from Department of New Energy Science and Engineering, School of Energy and Chemical Engineering for their recent review article published in Building and Environment, an SCI Q1 journal with the latest impact factor of 7.4.  

Kyle Sebastian Mulya and Ng Wai Lam are both pursuing their master’s degree at XMUM.

In the paper entitled “Decarbonizing the high-rise office building: A life cycle carbon assessment to green building rating systems in a tropical country, researchers assessed the life cycle carbon emissions of a high-rise office building in Malaysia and quantified the carbon reduction by applying two green building rating systems (GBRS): LEED, an international certification provider, and GreenRE, a Malaysian-based certification provider.

The work integrates design requirements for achieving all tiers of certification (i.e., certified/bronze, silver, gold, and platinum). It simulates the emissions of the high-rise building under each tier while including extra scenarios that go beyond the certification requirements and utilizing non-conventional design strategies such as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and radiant cooling slabs to reduce carbon emissions further.

This study reveals the advantages and disadvantages of all certifications and applicable strategies for carbon emissions reduction in Malaysia, providing recommendations for certification improvement and predicting the required improvements for the building to achieve net-zero emission standards.

Kyle Sebastian Mulya said: I cannot express how grateful I am to have a supportive team that has led to the expansion and eventual publication of my Bachelor’s thesis project. Through this work, the world takes another step towards carbon neutrality in an important sector: Buildings.

Ng Wai Lam also expressed her gratitude to the research team: Collaborating with Kyle on the publication was truly rewarding. Dr.Vincent's invaluable support and swift problem-solving were crucial to the success of this comprehensive paper. Their dedication and expertise greatly enhanced the project, making it a truly collaborative and successful endeavour.

The project is financially supported by Xiamen University Malaysia through Xiamen University Malaysia Research Fund XMUMRF/2019-C4/IENG/0022 and XMUMRF/2023-C11/IENG/0057.


The published full article can be accessed at  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2024.111437 

Graphical abstract on the objectives, analysis, and results of this research.

Ts. Dr. Vincent Woon is an Associate Professor and Head of the PhD Programme at XMUM New Energy Science and Engineering Department. With a passion for sustainability, his research focuses on carbon footprint analysis, life cycle assessment, solid waste recycling, green township and building development, as well as AI-predictive analytics and optimization in climate change. He is an editorial board member and managing guest editor for several WoS and Scopus-indexed journals.

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