Analysis

Comparison of ASEAN Green Building Rating Systems on Energy Efficiency

Development of energy infrastructure plays a crucial role, as asserted in the ASEAN Plan of Action on Energy 2010-2015 (APAE), to ensure that ASEAN economic development is sustainable through, among others, mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. One of priorities of APAE is promoting good energy management practices through that narrowing the development gap (NDG) among […]

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Vietnam green building revolution

Is Vietnam on the cusp of a green building revolution? The Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC) has been at the forefront of building green in Vietnam. Originating from California, US, VGBC was established in 2007 and, as a Green City Fund, Inc. program, the nonprofit covers a wide range of categories when it comes to building […]

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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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