The information presented at the workshop reflected the outcomes of studies by a project on promoting energy efficiency in the building sector, under the USAID Vietnam Clean Energy Programme (CEP), implemented by the Ministry of Construction (MOC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Through the recommendations, the workshop is aimed to help the MOC to set up rating criteria and a process to recognise green buildings which are most appropriate to Vietnam.
According to Nguyen Trung Hoa, Director General of Department of Science, Technology and Environment of the MOC, international experience in green building is valuable to Vietnam in building the country’s green building evaluation and recognition systems, contributing to developing a green economy, and particularly to improving energy use efficiency in construction sector.
All seven rating systems include similar categories, including management, indoor environmental quality, energy, transportation, water, materials, land use and ecology, pollution, adaptation and mitigation, community, regional priority and innovation, which can be studied and applied in Vietnam, said Douglas Snyder, Green Building and Energy Expert of the CEP.
Making a presentation on the Vietnam Green Building Criterion System, Prof. Dr. Pham Duc Nguyen, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Civil Engineering Environment, stressed that an appropriate rating system for Vietnam should respond to local conditions of construction, economy, energy, materials and technologies, especially to humid tropical climate conditions and Vietnamese culture.