GEORGE TOWN: Penang has proposed using interlocking bricks, instead of cement or tiles, for new projects to reduce the heat.According to state environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh, such bricks allowed rainwater to seep through, thus enabling the bricks to cool down and emanate less heat.

He said the proposal applied to all infrastructure facilities such as walkways, carparks and drainage, as well as other facilities.

“Currently, these types of bricks are used in several areas on the mainland rather than the island. As such, we are proposing that all new projects use them.

“The aim is to reduce surface- reflecting heat and create insulation, which will absorb heat and bring temperatures down,” Phee explained.

Interlocking bricks, which come in different shapes, designs and finishes, provide a much cooler interior and are also more economical than conventional bricks.

Phee noted that climate change was also contributing to the unpredictable dry and wet weather patterns.

“We are also looking into the health aspect. People should not consume cold water during the hot and dry season. They should try to drink and bathe using warm water instead.

“If you want to consume cold water, always let your body cool down first after exposure to the hot sun,” he said.

Phee added that the Penang Water Supply Corp had put contingency plans in place to ensure that dams did not dry up during the hot season.

Meanwhile, PBAPP chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said cloud seeding efforts had paid off with the Ayer Itam Dam capacity increasing to 33% compared to 26.5% on June 1.

He also advised consumers to use water wisely.