Analysis

Looking Ahead: Construction Industry Trends for the Next 30 Years

It’s true that trends come and go, yet some have staying power that become the new standards of doing business for decades into the future. The current status of the growing economy, the shortage of qualified workers and public-­sector financing are transforming the way that construction professionals approach jobs. Beth Ann Bovino, chief U.S. Economist […]

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Green building myths

While going green is popular in the country, it has yet to be fully accepted in building and construction. One reason is that many are burdened by myths about green building. Here are some of them:   MYTH 1. BUILDING GREEN IS CAPITAL INTENSIVE. Developers are deterred by a perceived high front end cost of […]

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Are there megatrends coming that will impact green building?

Everyone wants 20/20 vision, but few have it, at least without optometrical assistance. At Buildex Vancouver, author, speaker, engineer and LEED Fellow Jerry Yudelson is acting optometrist to the green-building industry with his Feb. 16 Green Keynote entitled 20/20 Vision: 10 Megatrends Affecting Green Building.     Yudelson is no stranger to the world of […]

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For Less Than $4,000, A Permanent Home For Low-Income Families

Designing low-cost housing is a series of compromises between dignity and pragmatism, a dance between what a family needs and what it can realistically afford. In Vietnam, booming real-estate prices are coupled with growing numbers of families priced out of the market, forced into sub-par housing. In a country where the divide between rich and […]

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The Urban Heat Island Effect

“This article was prepared by VGBC’s Project Manager – Phong Vu and was published Vietnam Investment Review, June 22-28 2015.” The summer heat in Vietnam’s big cities is a regular feature in news reports and weather forecasts these days. Recently, temperatures in Hanoi have tipped 40°C and higher. In fact, the annual average air temperature […]

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Path to green buildings (Part 1)

“Green building”, “Sustainable development” are common phrases which we are so familiar that we even don’t feel strange to hear. It seems to be a far-fetched theory with some sparking spots in our country (with the emergence of some green buildings), just like the stars which are the essence of the sky that we cannot […]

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Will Vietnam’s green building take off?

According to a recently published white paper by Solidiance, a simple statistic illuminates where the market is today – there are just over 40 buildings in a country of 90 million people that have so far achieved a green building certification. This number factors all green building certifications, including locally-developed LOTUS standards, international standards such […]

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Green building – an inevitable trend and a wise choice

One more time, green building development is stated as an inevitable trend and a wise choice of Vietnam’s architecture by Ho Chi Minh city Department of Construction.     “Green building” is defined as a building whose life cycle from the first stage of site selection, design, construction, operation into stages of refurbishment and reuse […]

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