An inevitable trend Green building, or sustainable development in construction, has become an inevitable trend in the context of global climate change. Green buildings usually have long life cycles and attain the efficient consumption of resources to ensure the comfort and convenience of the users, while minimising any harmful impacts on the environment by using green building materials. “Accordingly, green or sustainable building materials are characterised by having one of the following traits: non-toxicity, high recycled content, efficiency, energy saving, a long life-cycle or eco-consciousness to reduce pollution in the soil, air, and water, while contributing to the efficient use of energy in construction works,” said Dr. Thai Duy Sam, vice chairman of the Vietnam Association of Building Materials. As said by the World Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute, buildings worldwide account for 17 per cent of fresh water usage, 25 per cent of wood harvest, 33 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions, 30-40 per cent of energy usage, and 40-50 per cent of raw material consumption during the process of construction and operation. At the same time, the building materials industry also has negative environmental impacts. This is reflected in the amount of energy consumed and… Read full this story
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