Green Buildings Mean High Performance, Low Emissions In Vietnam
This document details a success story from the partnership formed between USAID’s Vietnam Clean Energy-Energy Efficiency Program (VCEP) and the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to update Vietnam’s Green Building Code. The process began in 2012 and sought to promote high performance, energy efficient buildings in Vietnam’s major cities. USAID and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) lent technical assistance to Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction in order for the country to update its outdated building codes.
Research suggests that a combination of updated building code compliance and newer, high performing buildings in Vietnam could yield a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040. VCEP used model buildings to showcase energy savings and efficiency and demonstrate the potential of high performance, energy efficient spaces, making the new building codes more appealing to adopt.