Analysis

LEED must be updated to address climate change

  Over the last 20 years, LEED has become the dominant U.S. green building design standard and is the most influential standard of its kind globally. This is an extraordinary achievement and has made for healthier, more productive and greener homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and public spaces for tens of millions of families, students and […]

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Contribution of Structural Engineer in LOTUS Project

The value that structural engineers bring to LOTUS certification projects is their expertise in building materials and structural systems with consideration to structural adaptability for future and alternative uses. Engineering contributions include improving building durability and resiliency, reducing costs, addressing climate change, and improving occupant comfort. LOTUS certification, being a label for buildings, it seems […]

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LOTUS Project Team Formation

The first step in preparing for the LOTUS Certification process on a building project is the formation of the LOTUS Project Team. Integrated design is one of the most important sustainability strategies and a good project team will become the key to an integrated, efficient, cost-effective and ultimately successful sustainable design and LOTUS Certification project. […]

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Vietnam building codes, standards, and LOTUS

LOTUS is a green building rating system developed by the Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC), an international non-profit organization and a member of the World Green Building Council. The first LOTUS system was released in 2010 and now it contains 7 systems that cover most of the building types: non-residential, multi-family residential, existing buildings, single-family […]

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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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