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Sime Darby Idea House
The Sime Darby Idea House is a socially, economically and environmentally responsive prototype dwelling that would provide an insight into future tropical living.

Sime Darby Idea House

The Sime Darby Idea House is a prototype house that is to be emulated. It is created in a world of environmental awareness, responsibility and with a mindset to provide sustainability for today’s and tomorrow’s generations. With global oil consumption rising by the day and carbon emissions escalating, there is a concerted worldwide effort in minimising waste and preserving our planet’s natural resources.

Conceived as a test bed for new ideas, this house is a collaboration involving the world’s leading technology and solutions providers – architects, engineers, landscape designers, urbanists, contractors and suppliers.

The Sime Darby Idea House is a socially, economically and environmentally responsive prototype dwelling that would provide an insight into future tropical living, showcasing the latest in sustainable architecture in its quest to become the first carbon-neutral residence in Southeast Asia.

Conceived as a test bed for new ideas, this house is a collaboration involving the world’s leading technology and solutions providers – architects, engineers, landscape designers, urbanists, contractors and suppliers.

The collaboration brings together some of the best innovations, solutions and technology available from these companies in their respective field to improve energy efficiency in homes and reduce the consumption of limited resources.

We at Sime Darby will systematically adopt the green ideas in this house, in part or in entirety, in all our housing projects, demonstrating our commitment to creating sustainable futures for future generations.

Sime Darby Idea House

Sime Darby Idea House Green Ideas

Landscape Landscape
The Idea House is positioned as a pavilion within the landscape, with its curvilinear forms inspired by and blending in with the site’s topographical contours. Both house and landscape are integrated via a landscape scheme divided into garden sections for health, wellbeing, healing, recreation and permaculture.
Orientation, climatic responsiveness and solar energy Orientation, climatic responsiveness and solar energy
The house is orientated to minimise heat gain and lower cooling loads. Its deep overhangs provide shade and weather protection, reducing reliance on mechanical ventilation, cooling systems and its associated costs. The house will have photovoltaic cell technology to harness the sun’s rays as a renewable energy source.
Building form Building form
The house is inspired by the traditional Malay Kampong house in its socio-environmental responsiveness, providing opportunities for social interaction in the anjung and serambi verandah spaces. Open, permeable flexible interior spaces with higher roof volumes allow for social and spatial flexibility, made comfortable by cross ventilation.
Rain / Grey water management Rain / Grey water management
‘Grey water’ from basins and showers is recycled to flush the WCs. Aerating the showers saves 64 litres per day. The rainwater captured by the sloping roof is collected to irrigate the vegetation within the development. The water harvested is 100% recycled to cater for a family of five.
Multi-disciplinary collaboration Multi-disciplinary collaboration
The house is the collaborative result by architects, engineers, landscape designers, urbanists, contractors and suppliers with the shared vision to make The Idea House the benchmark in sustainable residential design. This was achieved through pro-active knowledge sharing.
Scalability Scalability
The house’s flexibility of modularisation allows us to minimise the cost of materials used in building larger, higher quality homes at a more affordable price. By using a single component template, the Idea House can be replicated and scaled to other typologies.
Natural ventilation Natural ventilation
The open plan nature of the house, with sliding external and internal walls, capitalises on its ability to be cross ventilated. Orientating the living spaces in a southwesterly direction harnesses the prevailing southwest wind and reduces the need for artificial ventilation. Internal temperature and humidity levels were also lowered.
Expansion and contraction Expansion and contraction
The house is a fully adaptable dwelling for the family. It can create more space as the family expands and adjust when the children leave the nest. Open plan living provides a more flexible lifestyle, promoting adaptation of spaces to suit the family’s living, working and recreational needs.
Modularisation and ease of construction Modularisation and ease of construction
Modern construction methods using prefabrication and modularisation are excellent benefits to the industry. Faster, easier and more cost-effective, they allow for structures to be demounted if necessary, to preserve the terrain for future generations and development. They also provide opportunities to employ individuals with a lower skills base.
Topographic responsiveness Topographic responsiveness
The close interaction between architect, landscape architect, infrastructural and civil engineers led to the ideal positioning of the house within the site. It responds to the contours of the site’s topography, minimising the cutting and filling of the landscape and preserving the site as much as possible for future generations.
Environmental Analysis Environmental Analysis
The house provides excellent daylight penetration to the habitable areas, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day and into early evening. Most of the spaces allow for free flow of air with little obstruction. Velocity of air is fairly constant and natural ventilation is effective.

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