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Monier CoolRoof up for grabs in CoolSchool Contest


MALACCA: Monier, Malaysia's roofing expert, headed south to become a step closer towards fulfilling its pledge to provide at least one school in each state with a free Monier CoolRoof by 2014.

  Monier CoolSchool is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme launched by Monier Malaysia in 2010.

  Monier will be selecting two more schools for the programme in Johor and Negri Sembilan, via the Monier CoolSchool Contest, announced Monier Asia and Africa chief executive officer Georg Harrasser at the hand over of a new Monier CoolRoof to SMK Canossa Convent, here.

  "Under our CSR programme, we are committed to provide free Monier CoolRoof to 14 schools in every state in Malaysia by 2014.

  "Canossa Convent is the fourth school to benefit from the initiative.

  "The others are SMK Sultan Abdul Samad in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, SK (P) Methodist Kuantan, Pahang, and SJK (C) Kong Min Pusat in Penang," he said.

  Monier CoolRoof is an energy efficient roofing system that  limits heat transfer through the roof by creating a natural airflow and heat barrier, thus reducing the temperature of a building by up to 10oC.

  This results in less electricity usage, which will also reduce the impact on the environment.

  The Monier CoolSchool Contest began on Sept 6 and ends   on Oct 31. It is open to all primary and secondary schools in Johor and Negri Sembilan.  Schools are required to explain in a creative story why they deserve a Monier CoolRoof.

  Details are available at the Monier CoolSchool Contest Facebook Page, and

  Harrasser said: "Monier continues to invest a lot in research and development to improve the technology to reduce heat transfer through the roof.

  "What's great is that a Monier CoolRoof doesn't use any mechanical components; neither does it require maintenance."

  School principal Chin Siok Hoon said: "Before the re-roofing, our students could not enjoy reading and found it difficult to concentrate during revision time at the library, especially in the afternoon due to the extreme heat.

  "In some classrooms, students were also distracted by the leaks when it rained heavily.

  "The worn-out roofs had also become breeding grounds for bats and birds.  All that is now in the past. Monier has brought a huge, positive change to our school. I was told that students are now able to concentrate on their studies in the library or in the classroom," she said.

SMK Canossa Convent is the fourth school to benefit from Monier’s CSR programme to provide at least one school in each state of Malaysia with a Monier CoolRoof by 2014.

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