Workshop discusses action plan for green growth in building sector

Hanoi (VNA)
– A workshop was co-held by the Ministry of Construction and the US Agency for
International Development (USAID) in Hanoi on June 16 to implement the action
plan for green growth in the building sector.

Speaking at the
event, Le Trung Thanh, Director of the Department of Science Technology and
Environment at the Ministry of Construction, stressed the side-effects of
economic development which have caused pollution, resource exhaustion, and
energy crisis over the past few years.

Vietnam is among
countries suffering the most from impacts of climate change, for example, sea
level rise, droughts and flooding so that the government has designed a
national action plan for green growth from 2014-2020.

With support from
the USAID’s “Vietnam Clean Energy Programme: Energy Efficiency Promotion”, the
Ministry has formulated the action plan for the building sector by 2020 with a
vision to 2030.

program offers building owners free technical support to provide building
energy simulations that can help them achieve substantial energy and Green
House Gas (GHG) reductions for their newly-designed and retrofitted building
demonstration projects.

It also
offers training on integrated design, building energy simulation and
incorporation of energy code requirements into construction processes.
Furthermore, it provides urban managers and leaders with the expertise from
American green building and sustainable urban energy development experts.

USAID Vietnam
Director Michael Greene said Vietnam is among countries with the fastest
urbanisation that leads to an increase in GHG. Energy consumption may triple
between 2010 and 2020, he noted.

He underlined the
necessity to integrate the Vietnam Energy Efficiency Building Code (VEEBC) into
the building sector’s action plan for green growth.

So far,
some 3,000 architects, engineers, project managers, government officials and
practitioners from 40 provinces have benefited from the program’s training
courses, receiving technical knowledge and skills to effectively enforce and
implement the VEEBC. The program has surveyed 280 buildings to develop a
national database on building energy performance.-VNA

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