KUALA LUMPUR: TH Properties Sdn Bhd, which is promoting sustainable development, is collaborating with Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) to research cost-efficient and building materials.

The partnership will see the university’s Research Centre for Soft Soils under the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering start an incubator for further development of compressed stabilised earth bricks (Comstab), or interlocking bricks, to be used in TH Properties’ Bandar Enstek, an integrated 5,116 acre township in Negeri Sembilan, the developer said in a press release on Dec 29.

According to TH Properties’ chief executive officer Zaharuddin Saidon, the university will have access to soil samples from Bandar Enstek for testing and production purposes.

“TH Properties will promote the use of Comstab as an alternative building material and facilitate continuous enhancement on product usability by inviting professionals to evaluate the delivered building values and serviceability,” he said at the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UHTM vice chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin at the UTHM campus in Batu Pahat, Johor.

TH Properties, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lembaga Tabung Haji, is developing Bandar Enstek jointly with the Negeri Sembilan State Development Corporation.

The township is expected to have an estimated gross development value of almost RM9.2 billion upon completion in 2025.