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An approach to sustainable architecture for office buildings in Vietnam

By Viet Tuan Do, Alan N. Young, Behzad Sodagar and Philip Hyde


The Government of Vietnam ratified the “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” on the 3rd\ud December 1998, indicating its commitment to environmentally sustainable development. Vietnam has also participated in\ud the “Asia Least-cost Greenhouse Gas Abatement Strategy” which promotes energy efficiency as a key priority. The\ud construction and manufacturing sectors in Vietnam are currently responsible for about 30% of total CO2 emission in the\ud country, and are therefore a target for CO2 reductions. As the result of an economic boom in Vietnam, there is a shortage\ud of commercial buildings in general and of office buildings in particular. This is most evident in Hanoi and Hochiminh City\ud which are enjoying substantial economic growth. Many new buildings are therefore being constructed in these cities, making\ud their level of sustainability of particular importance. Although there is a growing awareness among Vietnamese architects\ud of environmental issues and hence the recognition of the need for planning and development of low energy environmentally\ud friendly buildings, there is a lack of readily available information and design tools to enable the design community to achieve\ud this. It has been perceived that a simple and user-friendly calculation tool which can be used at the early stages of design\ud would be very useful to enable architects to formulate the most appropriate design strategies and solutions. This paper\ud describes the development of such a tool and sets out some results of its use. The aims of the paper are twofold: firstly it\ud summarises the results of parametric studies investigating the effect of design variables on the total energy performance of\ud office buildings in Vietnam using the computer simulation tool, TAS (Thermal Analysis System, a suite of software products\ud developed by Environmental Design Solutions Limited UK). Secondly, the paper documents the procedure used for the\ud development of the design tool that has been developed based on computer analysis and explains how it should be employed.\ud This design tool is capable of optimizing critical design decisions such as the distribution of glazing and the effect of\ud orientation on energy loads

Topics: K100 Architecture
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Year: 2006
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