Green Architecture Seminar reflects on the past decade of Vietnam’s development
11 NOVEMBER 2022 – Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Green Architecture Club held the 15th edition of Green Architecture Seminar, discussing the 10-year journey of Green building industry development in Vietnam. Held at Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel on 11 November 2022, the event also commemorated the 10-year anniversary of HCMC Green Architecture Club (HGAC).
The event was opened by speech from the board of HGAC about the past and present development of Vietnam’s Green buildings, as well as future trends.
At the morning session, Marcus Liew, Marketing Manager of AGC Asia Pacific presented facade solutions to achieve lower carbon emissions; Luu Thi Thanh Mau, CEO of Phuc Khang Corporation shared about Greening buildings, people and cities; and Dr Nirmal Kishnani, Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore discussed about designing net zero energy buildings.
The afternoon session saw presentations from Alan Bromwich, Manager at Sika about reducing the carbon impact of cement; Thierry Roche, Founder of Atelier Thierry Roche & Associates outlining the “taste of the future”; Nguy Hoang Dung, Manager at Daikin Vietnam sharing solutions to ensure indoor air quality; and Andy Mai, Director of MH Architects about their sustainable architectural approaches.
Tran Khanh Trung, Chairman of HGAC said: “In the past 10 years, we have made great efforts to promote the development of Green architecture and green buildings in Ho Chi Minh City in particular, and Vietnam in general. During this time, we have helped many architects acknowledge the importance of Green architecture, and also the developers in gaining experience and understanding of the benefits from investing in Green building, as well as contributing to change the perception of users to better understand the value of Green buildings.”
Tran noted that a milestone HGAC has achieved was to formalise Green building into policy: “This is the first year the Vietnam Government has included regulations related to Green building development into legal documents. This marks a new step of governmental involvement in Green building development in Vietnam. In the next 10 years, we hope that the Green building market in Vietnam really strives to achieve its net zero carbon target by 2050, as the Government of Vietnam had committed at [last year’s] COP26 Climate Change Conference.“