KUALA LUMPUR: The government will be introducing building energy intensity (BEI) labelling for buildings as part of its efforts to promote voluntary adoption of energy efficiency in the building sector. It is likely to start with government buildings for starters. The initiative will be launched at the energy efficiency town hall session to be held on Saturday. Energy, Science, Technology and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said during her speech at the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) that the initiative will entail the rating of buildings with between 1-5 stars for energy efficiency. "This is the first step where we want government buildings to be labelled between 1-5stars for energy efficiency," she added. In addition, Yeo said the government will also be aggressively stepping up the adoption of energy performance contracting (EPC) for government buildings next year. The initiative was initiated in 2013. "There are about 5,000 government buildings in Malaysia. Just imagine how much money we can save by retro-fitting (these) buildings by making the building electricity efficient," she noted. Malaysia’s energy consumption in buildings comprised 14% of total energy consumption and 52.4% of electricity consumption in 2016. Internationally, the building sector is regarded as one of the most cost-effective sectors to reduce energy consumption.