Last updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
International Workshop “Zero-Energy Township”Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017
Nam Cuong Corporation has hold an international workshop on Zero-energy Township at Nam Cuong Building, Ha Dong, Hanoi on March 7, 2017 with the participation of experts from Denmark, IFC - a member of the World Bank Group, Vietnamese experts and companies specializing in providing green technologies and solutions.
Human utilization of the world's natural resources has been faster than the planet's ability to recover, resulting in more and more climate change impacts. This is the time when people have to live in the polluted environment that directly affects their health every day. According to IFC, buildings in fast-growing economies like Vietnam are using more than 30% of total energy consumption. Vietnam is one of the countries most affected by climate change. Although there are many companies and corporations aiming to develop green buildings, the number of buildings certified green all over the country is very limited, mainly office buildings, supermarkets and a few residences.
The workshop aimed to disseminate and share experiences and cutting-edge technologies in developing green buildings in the world, from the assessment criteria to the applied technologies, from a building to the whole township, such as 200-ha Duong Noi Township.
IFC’s Certification system EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) is a powerful tool in realization of green buildings in many new emergencing markets in the world, such as Vietnam, Colombia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, India, Panama, Philippines, South Africa …with the goal of 20% of new buildings in 2021 to be green. At the workshop, the guests were informed about Certification system EDGE by IFC experts.
The experience of building green township Fujisawa Japan was a highlight in the workshop. Fujisawa was built on the former site of the Panasonic factory and is going to be the smartest and the most eco-friendly township with 1,000 houses and infrastructure facility. In addition, smart buildings with green architecture have contributed significantly to energy saving, reducing CO2 emission to the environment, even self-supplying electricity and feeding the excess electricity to the national power grid. Solar energy utilization solutions in SolarBK’s buildings were also presented by the partner at the event.
Also at the workshop, the innovative and energy-efficient pump system applications shared by Grundfos were remarkable energy efficiency technologies. Architect Tran Thanh Vu – Building Science and Energy Simulation Specialist – Vietnam Clean Energy Program delivered an impressive presentation with useful information about concepts, demands and solutions for developing Zero-Energy buildings and townships.
Poul Erik Kristensen, an international expert with more than 30 years of experience in green building development in Denmark, Europe and many Asian countries, participated and presented at the workshop. According to him, there are some townships which are being developed into Zero – Energy in the near future, such as Copenhagen with an urban population of 1.2 million (Denmark), Z-net Uralla (Australia), Crisfield in Maryland, United States... With the orientation of Nam Cuong Corporation, to become Zero-Energy, Duong Noi needs synchronized planning and design to utilize energy efficiently, minimize the dependence on the national power grid. In addition, the development of renewable energy resources, especially solar power, is needed to supply enough energy for business and household customers.
“From the perspective of a real estate developer who puts people at the heart of effort and inspiration, we place a great value to responsibility to millions of people, including not just today but also future generations. The development of green buildings aims at increasing energy efficiency and will create high values to ecology and society. Nam Cuong Corporation will focus on investing and developing projects that benefit the community, contribute to environment protection, reduce dependency on fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources. We aim at sustainable development and implement cooperate social responsibility in the long term” – Said Tran Thi Quynh Ngoc, Deputy Chairman of Nam Cuong Corporation.
At present, Nam Cuong Corporation is developing Duong Noi into the first Zero-Energy Township in Vietnam – with almost no energy consumption. The Anland Complex, An Phu Shop-villa are built as per standard of EDGE certification. In particular, Anland and An Phu were designed to reduce energy consumption from 20% to 27%. Nam Cuong Corporation sets the goal, from now up to 2020, to make EDGE as the standard for all properties; to become the center for sharing green building development experience for investors and design teams; to become a reliable real estate developer for customers on energy saving issue.
“Your vision will have an impact on other developers,” said Jane Henley, IFC’s EAP EDGE Programme manager.
In February 2017, Nam Cuong Corporation and IFC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to the effect of which all of Nam Cuong Corporation’s existing properties will be assessed under EDGE standards. IFC will also provide training to Nam Cuong Corporation’s staff on the principles and applications of EDGE software. IFC appreciated the efforts of Nam Cuong Corporation to stimulate the trend of green building in Vietnam.