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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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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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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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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