Vietnam is considered one of the countries most seriously affected by climate change, due to the long coastline and geographical position being hard hit by storms, cyclones, rainfall and frequent changes, etc. The phenomenon of climate change will affect some of the natural habitat of Vietnam, the economy, as well as the entire population. So it is time for the country to care about energy efficiency, not just industrial energy efficiency but energy efficiently in every building.
Addressing the seminar on the Danish Active House in Vietnam on November 9 in Ho Chi Minh City, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy & Building Martin Lidergaard, expressed that the demand for energy efficiency in Vietnam is huge and Denmark is willing to help Vietnam by transferring new technology into the Vietnamese construction industry. Mr Martin Lidergaard also said that Denmark would be ready for sharing expertise and knowledge of green architecture with local architects.
“We have to save energy now. It is time to care about it. I highly appreciate the cooperation between both the Governments on the energy issue. Denmark is world well-known for energy efficiency thanks to our construction standards and we will bring it to Vietnam”, said Mr Martin Lidergaard.
At the seminar, the Energy Conservation Centre of HCMC (ECC) signed an agreement with Kaesgaard & Andersen A/S (KAAI) and University College of Northern Denmark (UCN) to build the first energy-optimized building in Ho Chi Minh City. The location will be chosen between Quang Trung Software City or Saigon Hi-Tech Park. Mr Le Manh Ha, Vice Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee said that energy saving is very important, especially in HCMC which, accounts for one fifth of energy demand of the whole country. This is also the reason for cooperation with Denmark to implement the green energy programme.
The so-called “Active House” is a well-insulated house, which prevents the heat entering the house and thereby minimizing the demand for energy. This is the first of its kind in Vietnam. It is also a healthy and comfortable house with good indoor air quality, thanks to intelligent design to enhance the natural light and air. The principles in active house design are that the house produces its own energy, which is larger than the energy it uses, and is designed in an optimized and sustainable connection to the local context.
The ground-breaking construction is planned to start in the summer of 2013. It will serve as a showcase for Danish companies in Vietnam and for the training purpose of the Danish-Vietnamese Green Technology Centre, which is to be set up by ECC, KAAI and UCN.
Mr John Nielsen – Ambassador of Denmark to Vietnam commented that the construction of the active house would help raise awareness of the use of energy-optimized solutions in buildings and thus support a demand for technologies and skills, where Danish companies are strong. The partnership of ECC, KAAI and UCN is very much in line with the support granted from the Danish side in climate change initiatives to promote energy efficiency in small and medium-sized enterprises as well as in buildings in order to promote the transition to a low carbon society.
Speaking at the seminar, Principal of UCN Niels Horsted revealed that in a trip to HCMC in June 2012, he realized three challenges that HCMC is facing that includes knowledge about energy defining architectures & technology; sustainable building materials; partners such as architects, engineers and entrepreneurs with practical experience. Mr Niels Horsted expressed his cooperation with Vietnamese partners to share the dream of promoting energy efficiency in building and construction in Vietnam.
With the support from the Danish side and once the project of the ‘active house’ comes true, it will create a new transit of moving forward a green future” in Vietnam.