Property investment often entails some element of refurbishment as restorative projects not only enhance the value of a building and support their longevity but also attract potential future investors and stakeholders. RE-PAINTING TO PROLONG THE BUILDING’S LIFESPAN One of the most effective ways to inject a new lease of life into an existing building is with a fresh coat of paint. However, in addition to giving the façade an immediate facelift, the process of re-painting brings with it other resultant benefits. To begin with, a fresh looking exterior immediately projects kerb appeal and a positive image bringing emotional and financial value to existing owners and occupants whilst arousing interest and demand amongst those looking in from outside. Regular maintenance is not only cost effective in the long run but also prolongs the lifespan of a property. This in turn drives higher occupancy and enhances resale and rental value. Furthermore, with the increasing emphasis on environmental sustainability, re-painting provides a golden or even green opportunity to employ new eco-friendly products that cater to the wellness of occupants and the environment. In a tropical climate like ours, structures are exposed to extreme weather and high humidity. Thanks to moisture and airborne water vapour, building exterior walls can suffer from shrinkage and debonding of their external render, resulting in water seepage, algae and mould. Combined with airborne dust, environmental pollution and acid rain, the eventual deterioration of a building’s exterior is a foregone conclusion. Thanks to moisture and airborne water vapour, building exterior walls can suffer from shrinkage and debonding of their external render, resulting in water seepage, algae and mould. Combined with airborne dust, environmental pollution and acid rain, the eventual deterioration of a building’s exterior is a foregone conclusion.shield against the adverse effects of extreme weather, including efflorescence, as well as, fungal and algae growth. Equipped with a 7-year warranty, its new improved weather resistant solution clothes the paint with greater durability, and promises long-lasting colour to defer the need to re-paint. RE-WATERPROOFING TO PROTECT THE BUILDING Effective re-waterproofing is another essential element that protects a building’s structural integrity and preserves its value. Water leaks and mould on exposed concrete flat roofs are common issues faced by property managers, such problems could be addressed and resolved with re-waterproofing treatment by using Nippon SM Bitumen M3000/M4000. It is an ideal solution for remedial re-waterproofing work on sizeable exposed concrete flat roofs. Having collaborated with its counterparts in China in driving solutions for various surfaces, Nippon Paint has developed an all-inclusive waterproofing system that ranges from liquid applied, to sheet type and cementitious membranes, providing comprehensive solutions for waterproofing defects in structures found above ground, in wet areas, and below ground. Sustained by industry market research and progressive technology, the company’s inventive solutions have impacted numerous projects and iconic landmarks across the world, including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train, the Shanghai Tower and the Three Gorges Dam. To streamline the entire process of refurbishment and making the refurbishment process easier for property managers, Nippon Paint – Malaysia’s No 1 Total Coatings Solution Provider – offers a one-stop and hassle-free maintenance refurbishment service package. ONE-STOP REFURBISHMENT SERVICE FOR RE-PAINTING AND RE-WATERPROOFING 1. Site inspection before refurbishment work commences A site assessment will be done together with the applicator, to identify problematic areas such as hairline cracks, fungus, water leakage and so on. 2. Refurbishment recommendations and proposal They will advise the correct surface preparation methodology and appropriate coating system to address the problems, and furnish the client with a quotation accordingly. The experts will prepare a proposal for better visualisation and provide presentation assistance during your meetings to communicate the refurbishment process with the tenants of the property. 3. Commencement of work Refurbishment work will commence upon confirmation of the rectification and product recommendation, with Nippon Paint’s certified and trained professionals continuously providing the necessary technical support to monitor quality control. 4. Assessment after refurbishment Upon completion of the refurbishment work, the site will be methodically assessed by the experts, including undertaking site sample evaluations if required, to ensure top quality delivery of the final product. 5. Handover Lastly, the refurbishment project is formally concluded with the handover of the property back to the client, complete with a ‘method statement’ report which documents all the tasks undertaken on site during the refurbishment process. Call Nippon Paint For Your Refurbishment Needs. Customer Careline: 1-800-88-2663 Email: email@example.com
As we come close to completing the first quarter of 2021, discussions on hygiene and wellness have become part and parcel of our daily lives. More and more Malaysians are prioritising their health now more than ever and this extends to their living and working spaces as well. Hence, this completely changes the way we live our lives and how we function in different spaces where in a post-Covid world, safety and wellbeing of tenants should be paramount. Associations and building construction professionals in the market are finding ways to redefine the safety of their buildings and currently, it also means providing not just a conducive but a safe environment for better health and wellbeing of the community. The Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) has also urged for architects and property players to rethink design of spaces in this day and age to respond to the changes brought on by the pandemic. PAM President Datuk Ezumi Harzani Ismail said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to re-evaluate ourselves, be in it the way we work, live or play. Under these pandemic and economic challenges situations, PAM Council have to work closely with PAM members and staff to overcome these challenges in creating a more inclusive and engaging programmes for this council term. The Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) on a similar note is educating interior designing on the importance of coming with spaces that prioritises protections for communities. “While embracing some limitations, there are still pockets of opportunities to look forward to. This current situation has propelled property players to further think out of the box to ensure that we continue to progress and adapt in such challenging times,” MIID President, IDr Lai Siew Hong said. The Malaysian Institute of Property & Facility Managers has also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with several players in the property segment to raise awareness on creating a safe community through proper property management. “Two essential elements of a good property management are the KPIs and SOPs. Our clients, the building owners and as well as the occupants of the buildings we manage, rely on us to ensure that the building services and facilities are operating in good condition,” said MIPFM President, Sr Adzman Shah Mohd Ariffin. As such maintaining the safety of tenants in a space extends to many things and these includes the walls that we often overlook everyday. The wall is the largest surface in any indoor space with 88 percent of individuals overlook walls in which viruses and bacteria are known to inhabit. A proactive, long term solution such as painting a space and commonly frequented areas can minimise the risk of spread of the virus through anti-microbial coatings. Playing a vital role to protect our walls against viruses, the Nippon Paint VirusGuard is the first anti-microbial paint that is specially formulated with anti-viral and anti-bacterial performance in Malaysia and has proven to be 99.9 percent effective against human coronaviruses. It is scientifically proven to be effective against Human Coronavirus (strain 229E), which causes respiratory infections in human, Influenza (H1N1) virus which causes swine flu and Coxsackievirus A16 which causes Hand Foot Mouth Diseases (HFMD). Additionally, it is also effective against many types of bacteria such as E. coli, MRSA, and the Staphylococcus Aureus. The Silver Ion Technology incorporated into the VirusGuard is one of the world’s oldest microbials and it can inhibit growth and destroy microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, mold and fungi. The Silver Ion Technology prevents the spread of viruses and bacteria in a 3-step approach: • Deactivation of the function of viruses and bacteria • Reducing its ability to multiply and reproduce • Inhibiting its growth that ultimately causes the death of the bacteria and viruses. The Nippon Paint VirusGuard also contains other properties such as ultra-low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC); superior washability; resistant to scrubbing, mould and fungus; easy and hassle-free maintenance, and long-lasting colours. And to help hospitals get their start in protecting their employees, Nippon Paint Malaysia has taken a proactive step by rolling out the #RuangSelamat initiative as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to create a safer indoor environment for all. Through #RuangSelamat, the coating expert has donated over 1,000 litres of Nippon Paint VirusGuard to Hospital Sungai Buloh in appreciation of their frontliners’ utmost commitment, dedication and courage during this unprecedented time. Nippon Paint Malaysia has also led various VirusGuard projects with Selgate Rawang Hospital, KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital, Tun Hussein Onn Eyes Specialist and Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh. Create a safer environment for your building today with Nippon Paint VirusGuard. Contact Nippon Paint Malaysia today: CUSTOMER CARELINE: 1-800-88-2663 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: https://professional.nipponpaint.com.my
When news of COVID-19 pandemic came to light in December 2019, the world as we know it changed forever. The number of confirmed cases – globally and domestically – increased at such an alarming rate that by March 2020, nations across the globe began taking drastic measures to prevent further spreading of the virus. The Malaysian government followed suit in worldwide efforts to flatten the curve by implementing Movement Control Order (MCO) that saw border closures, travel restrictions, general prohibition of social activities and gatherings, immediate closure of schools, government and private premises, and etc. With the exception of “essential” sectors and services that were allowed to operate, albeit at half capacity and with strict adherence to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Ministry of Health, all other economic activities came to a screeching halt. Supply chains have been disrupted; unemployment rates have skyrocketed with companies resorted to conduct their business online therefore require less employees or are forced to shut down permanently. Despite the implementation of unprecedented government stimulus packages and interest rates dropping LIVING THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ Although there are signs of improvement in certain economic sectors, however, the possibility of new waves of infection is inevitable. The uncertainty surrounding the duration and severity of the crisis indeed presents a range of challenges for the construction and property sector such as a delay in construction or cancellation of projects as well as building materials and labour shortages. Containing the COVID-19 pandemic can only be managed by an unprecedented high level of cooperation, collaboration and solidarity from various ministries and the public in general. For instance, the Ministry of Works has collaborated with CIDB Malaysia and Ministry of International Trade and Industry to develop a new normal SOPs that enabled the sector to operate safely, protect its workers and reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Property developers and building owners have also begun exploring various design strategies to revitalize commercial office spaces to become more COVID-secure to protect the wellness of its occupants and visitors, and ensuring business continuity. This includes reconfiguring and retrofitting the interior design layout according to the six feet social distancing rule as per the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendation as well as installing other innovative features as such biometric and thermal screening, touchless contacts for restrooms and etc. Many key industry players including Nippon Paint Malaysia are also stepping up their responsibility in formulating solutions for the marketplace, which not only keep the spread of infection at bay but also help create a safer interior environment. SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR SAFE INTERIOR SPACE Even when practicing social distancing and sanitization has become an important part of our lives, recent independent market research indicated that when cleaning, 88% of us tend to overlook the largest surface in any indoor space – THE WALLS! Being Asia’s No.1 coating expert, Nippon Paint Malaysia places strong emphasis in Research and Development (R&D) activities, which remains a core priority to its success in product innovation. In response to global efforts against COVID-19 and creating a sustainable and safe environment for the community, Nippon Paint Malaysia has launched the first-of-its-kind anti-viral and anti-bacterial paint in the country, the Nippon Paint VirusGuard. NIPPON PAINT VIRUSGUARD Since embarking on health and wellnessfocused coatings two decades ago with the introduction of Malaysia’s first odourless paint, Nippon Paint Malaysia has brought in various innovative solutions such as the Green Choice Series, Child Wellness Range and Indoor Wellness Range, and now Antimicrobial Health and Wellness Range. The launch of Nippon Paint VirusGuard represents the brand’s continuous efforts in improving the overall health and wellness of our communities in Malaysia, as we continue to adapt to the new normal and take precautionary measures in our homes, workspaces and offices, while keeping everyone safe. NIPPON PAINT VIRUSGUARD SILVER ION TECHNOLOGY PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST VIRUSES RELATED TO RESPIRATORY DISEASES Nippon Paint VirusGuard utilises the Silver Ion Technology, formulated from one of the world’s oldest natural antimicrobial that is effective in mitigating the growth of viruses and bacteria such as the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), influenza A (H1N1), Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus as well as Human Coronaviruses (HCoV-229E) when in contact with the paint film. While HCoV-229E is different from coronavirus strain that is causing the current COVID-19 pandemic, however being the similar enveloped type of virus to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Ion Technology has shown its effectiveness in mitigating the growth of the viruses, in view of respiratory diseases will continue to impose an immense worldwide health burden and are among the most common causes of severe illness and death worldwide. During an accredited 3rd party laboratory testing conducted by Analytical Lab Group earlier this year, Nippon Paint VirusGuard has demonstrated high antimicrobial efficacy in accordance to JIS Z2801 standard, an international testing standard on Test for Antiviral Activity and Efficacy: • 99% effective against Human Coronaviruses (HCoV-229E) in 6 hours • 99% effective against H1N1 • 99% effective against HFMD (Cox-A16) • 99% effective against E.Coli, S.Aureus, MRSA Safe for adults, children and even animals, the Silver Ion Technology prevents the spread of viruses and bacteria through a three-step approach: • Deactivation of the function of viruses and bacteria • Reducing its ability to multiply and reproduce • Inhibiting its growth that ultimately causes the death of the bacteria and viruses. Leveraging on the Silver Ion Technology for its anti-viral and antibacterial properties, this antimicrobial coating aims to create a protected and safe environment for all, to ensure that homes, workspaces and public premises are safe and conducive especially during this pandemic. Ideal for any indoor spaces, the Nippon Paint VirusGuard contains the following properties: • Anti-viral • Anti-bacterial • Ultra-low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) • Superior washability • Scrub resistance • Mould and fungus resistance • Long-lasting colour • Easy and hassle-free maintenance Nippon Paint VirusGuard is an environmental-friendly coating certified by both SIRIM QAS and Singapore Environment Council, making it safe for adults, children, and even pets, and ideal to be used especially for indoor environment. As a water-based paint, Nippon Paint VirusGuard can be applied plastered, skim coated or fibreboard substrate, with the recommended painting system as shown in figure on the right. #RUANGSELAMAT In times of pandemic, it is critical for everyone to play their part in adhering the safety and hygiene measures to flatten the curve. Nippon Paint Malaysia takes a proactive step by rolling out the #RuangSelamat initiative as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to create a safer indoor environment for all. Through #RuangSelamat, Nippon Paint Malaysia has donated over 1,000 litres of Nippon Paint VirusGuard to Hospital Sungai Buloh in appreciation of their frontliners’ utmost commitment, dedication and courage during this unprecedented time. Since the breakout of COVID-19 in Malaysia, the frontliners have work tirelessly around the clock to protect the community even though they too are at risk of being infected with the deadly virus. With this in mind, Nippon Paint Malaysia has specifically selected its new antimicrobial coating for the repainting of the hospital premise to help maintain a healthy level of indoor wellness as the frontliner continue their efforts in saving lives and keeping the nation safe. Further, Nippon Paint Malaysia has partnered with the Malaysian Institute of Property and Facility Managers (MIPFM) to distribute 600 litres of Nippon Paint VirusGuard to 42 property management agencies in Malaysia as an added protection for their management offices and guardhouses as well as public spaces with high-traffic footfall. Since its launch, Nippon Paint VirusGuard has been widely used across the country, namely at Selgate Rawang Hospital, KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital, Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh, Tun Hussein Onn Eyes Specialist Hospital, Jesselton Medical Centre, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Klinik Kesihatan Pekan Nanas and more.