Nineteen architects convened at the Energy Conservation Center (ECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam last Dec. 2011 for the Green Building pilot training of ASSIST under the IFC initiative Energy Efficiency Training Product and Trainer Development.Jan. 30, 2012 - Nineteen architects convened in Ho Chi Minh City’s Energy Conservation Center (ECC) last December 17 to 20, 2011 for the Green Building pilot training of Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) under the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) initiative Energy Efficiency Training Product and Trainer Development.The event sought to develop the learning materials that can be used by Vietnam-based builders in designing Green structures. With content focused on green buildings, it is hoped that the material will spread environmental consciousness among policymakers, academe, and members of the infrastructure and construction industries.
For this endeavor, ASSIST serves as consultant and project management.A member of the World Bank Group, IFC is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. Its Green Building training initiative is aligned with one of its strategic priorities, “Addressing climate change and ensuring environmental and social sustainability.”ASSIST is an international non-profit organization focused on capacity-building. It seeks to promote sustainable practices to address social problems in the developing world, with focus on Asia and Africa. It takes pride in its process-oriented approach to capacity building towards social improvement and sustainable transformation. Its goal is to empower its target groups to make them resilient to the social, economic and environmental challenges.It is presently based in Makati City, but also has operations in India and Vietnam and manages projects in over 10 countries. Through its Partner to Progress philosophy, it has successfully implemented such projects in collaboration with the European Union, United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), USAID, International Finance Corporation (IFC), GIZ, and DEG/ KFW amongst other organizations. ## # #Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is an international NGO focused on capacity building. It seeks to promote s