Date: 31 May 2016
Company Name: Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia
Developers and contractors who have achieved a high score of 80 and above in the Quality Assessment System in Construction (QLASSIC) were recognised for quality in construction on QLASSIC Day (31 May 2016). There were 46 projects that achieved the score, compared to 24 projects in 2014 and 10 in 2013. These high scorers were recognised by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) for their commitment and quality achievement.
“This is excellent for the industry and it shows that industry players are taking the right step in elevating the construction industry to higher standards. Achieving QLASSIC high scores required planning right from the beginning. The commitment to produce quality workmanship will influence design, materials and the selection of consultants and contractors to implement the project,” said Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Fadillah bin Haji Yusof, Minister of Works, during the event’s opening ceremony.
He added that the construction sector remains one of the most vibrant and main economic contributors to the industry. In 2015, the value of construction projects reached RM126 billion—38 percent or 2,010 projects worth RM48 billion were residential projects; 37 percent or 2,602 projects worth RM46 billion were non-residential projects; 20 percent or 1,760 projects worth RM26 billion were infrastructure projects; and 4 percent or 641 projects worth RM6 billion were social amenities.
QLASSIC is an assessment system that measures and evaluates the workmanship quality of a building construction work based on the Construction Industry Standard (CIS) 7:2014. The number of projects assessed with QLASSIC and high scorers has increased. In 2015, 303 projects were assessed using QLASSIC, compared to 272 projects in 2014 and 160 in 2013. “It is gratifying to see the industry improving in such drastic manners when it comes to quality. The QLASSIC Excellence Awards was established to strengthen the industry and inspire a more vibrant spirit of competition among industry players,” said Dato’ Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid, Chief Executive of CIDB, at the event.
He also highlighted that the CIS 7:2014 was updated and streamlined in the architectural, mechanical and electrical areas, as well as external works. The updated CIS 7:2014 has been used in QLASSIC assessment from 1 July 2016.
The QLASSIC Excellence Awards is divided into four categories: High QLASSIC Achievers (scores of 80 and above in 2015)—46 projects with awards given to the developers and contractors; Best QLASSIC Achievement—residential (large, medium, small) and non-residential (large, medium, small); Special
Appreciation—one developer, one contractor and two government agencies; as well as Overall Highest QLASSIC Scorer.