16:34 | 30/09/2015 Science - Technology
An apartment project that meets the US's most popular and widely used green building rating system will be used for the first time in Viet Nam.
Phuc Khang Corporation, the project's investor, and Green Consult Asia under the US's Green Building Council signed a contract on Sunday for the nearly VND1.3 trillion (US$57.7-million) project in District 8, HCM City, which meets the US-based Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Phuc Khang Corporation General Director Luu Thi Thanh Mau said the Diamond Lotus project will be blanketed with green. Its apartments were designed to let in direct sunlight, wind and fresh air.
Covering 1.68 hectares, the project includes three blocks connected at the top by a 5,000sq.m sky park, she said.
Melissa Merryweather, Director of Green Consult Asia, said the LEED certification is used to assess building projects in their design, construction and operation, aiming to reduce 30 per cent of energy use and half of total water use, creating environmentally friendly living conditions./.