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Environmental Compliance & Certifications

Tropicana recognises the significance of stringent environmental and development laws to regulate industrial pollution, protect Malaysia's privileged status as one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries and our citizens' quality of life. The Group complies fully with local and national environmental regulations, with zero fines and non-monetary sanctions in 2021 and 2022.

National & Local Regulations:
  • Environmental Quality Act 1974
  • Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966
  • Land Development Act 1956
  • National Landscape Policy
  • Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia Act 2012
  • Environmental Impact Assessment for prescribed activities
  • Town and Country Planning Act 1976
  • Strata Management Act 2013
  • Manual Guideline and Selangor State Planning Standards

Furthermore, several Tropicana projects have been awarded bronze, silver and gold certifications from the Green Building Index ("GBI) and GreenRE in recent years. GBI is the first green building rating tool designed specifically for Malaysia's tropical climate and socioeconomic context.

Developed by the Malaysian Institute of Architects and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia, GBI is affiliated with and complies with the World Green Building Council standards. GreenRE, and alternative to GBI, is driven by the Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association Malaysia ("Rehda").

A developer must incorporate concrete measures to enhance a site's water and energy efficiencies, indoor environmental quality, lower carbon emissions, optimise the use of construction materials and more to secure a GBI or GreenRE certification.

A list of Tropicana projects that have obtained GBI or GreenRE certification can be found below.

Tropicana applies innovative building designs that offer natural ventilation and lighting to reduce electricity consumption and wastage. Some examples of energy-efficient features installed across our developments can be found below:

Renewable Energy Projects

We embarked on an exciting project to install solar panels at Tropicana's pioneer resort-themed development, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort ("TGCR"), Petaling Jaya in 2021. Installation of the 2,214 solar photovoltaic panels commenced in March 2021. The panels, spread across 53,204 sq ft of rooftop space at TGCR's clubhouse, were fully operational by September 2021.

TGCR Solar Panel Project:
  • 2,214 PV panels installed
  • 107,000 kWh electricity generated a month

Tropicana had earlier introduced renewable energy projects in other developments in Klang Valley. For instance, Tropicana Metropark in Subang Jaya features windmills that power water turbines in an innovative bio-filtration system to maintain the water quality in the development's 4.41-acres lake.

Water Management

Water conservation, sanitation and stormwater management are all material topics relevant to the Group. To reduce potable water consumption for landscaping purposes and stormwater runoffs at several developments, we collect rainwater for irrigation.

At Tropicana Indah Resort Homes and Tropicana Gardens in Kota Damansara, rainwater is further used to clean common areas and provide top-up for swimming pools and water landscapes. Water-efficient fittings are incorporated in the four residential towers in Tropicana Gardens too.

Tropicana developments that harvest rainwater for landscape irrigation include:

- Tropicana Aman
- Tropicana Gardens
- Tropicana Golf & Country Resort
- Tropicana Heights
- Tropicana Indah Resort Homes
- Tropicana Metropark
- Tropicana Miyu

Beyond rainwater harvesting, the Group is constructing an underground sewerage treatment plant in Lido Waterfront Boulevard, Johor Bahru featuring a sequenced batch reactor ("SBR") system that does not require chemicals for wastewater treatment. The SBR utilises biological processes to treat domestic effluent.

Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is designed into all of Tropicana's developments such as Tropicana Miyu, Tropicana Aman, Tropicana Gardens and more. We rely on the Department of Irrigation and Drainage's Urban Stormwater Management Manual for Malaysia to manage flood risks across all our projects.

Many of our developments feature copious water bodies for aesthetic and practical purposes. The central lake in Tropicana Metropark in Subang Jaya, for example, serves as a flood detention pond as well. In Tropicana Heights in Kajang, we employ gross pollutant traps to catch litter and slit to control stormwater pollution. Wetland plants are also used to improve water quality in the water bodies.

In Genting Highlands where construction for Tropicana WindCity is ongoing, surface water runoff is channelled into a centralised slit trap before being discharged into external drains and natural waterways. Furthermore, onsite detention tanks are used to contain surface water runoff as a method of flood control. Berm drain and turf are utilised to reduce soil erosion and for slope protection.

Besides that, Tropicana has completed the construction of a flood mitigation system to ease upstream flooding at Sungai Chat and Sungai Abdul Samad which was handed over to the local authority in 2021. Situated at Lido Waterfront Boulevard, the system is well-equipped to trap garbage and prevent the trash from flowing into the sea, which in turn helps to improve water quality and save marine lives.

At our flagship development at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort, 18 retention ponds across Tropicana's 27-hole golf course were upgraded for better irrigation and filtration system. These upgrading works have also provided rainwater harvesting which is used for watering the plants, grass and fruit trees.

Biodiversity Management

Tropicana is committed to supporting the government and conservation organisations' efforts to uphold Malaysia's unique status as one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. The Group recognises that biodiversity is among the sector-specific indicators Bursa Malaysia expects construction players to make certain disclosures on in its latest edition of the Sustainability Reporting Guide.

Tropicana Aman Central Park

Within the Tropicana Aman Central Park lies a 7km-long trail designed specifically for walking, jogging and biking. It is one of the landscape features that promotes the "Walking and Biking Community" concept of Tropicana Aman, which also features its iconic yellow bike.

The Group planted 4,000 samplings in the Central Park to create a diversified woodland that would eventually form overlapped, continuous and interlinked tree canopies.

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort Dragonfly Pond

Tropicana pioneered the use of dragonflies as a biocontrol mechanism. As one of the country's leading developers, Tropicana was the first to deploy dragonflies to control pests naturally in Tropicana Golf and Country Resort ("TGCR").

The pilot project to release 88 larvae of Red Glider Dragonfly (Tramae transmarina) into a new man-made pond in TGCR on 24 September 2021 is a collaboration with well-known dragonfly expert Dr Choong Chee Yen from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ("UKM").

Our Dragonfly Pond is a flagship project to breed and sustain a healthy dragonfly population at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort as a means o apply biological control to mosquitoes in the surrounding area. Dragonflies are known natural predators of mosquitoes and other insects, thus a commonly used IPM measure has proven to be effective in the long term.

During a field survey on 18 February 2022, Dr Choong observed a total of seven species of flying adults of dragonflies and damselflies throughout the day.

The Dragonfly Pond represents an integrated pest management ("IPM") approach by utilising biological methods to reduce or eliminate pests rather than rely on harmful chemical products that could adversely impact the environment.