Denmark helps Vietnam build energy-optimized building

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Denmark is going to help Vietnam build the country's first energy-optimized building in Ho Chi Minh City next year, the Danish embassy said Friday.

The Active House will be designed to enhance inflow of natural light and air, thus minimizing the demand for energy, experts said at a conference held during the visit of the Danish Prime Minister and the Minister of Climate, Energy and Building.

The main principle in the design is that the house produces more energy than it uses.

Construction is planned to start next summer between the Energy Conservation Center of Ho Chi Minh City, Danish private company of architects and constructing engineers Kaersgaard Andersen and the University College of Northern Denmark.

The three collaborators will form the Danish-Vietnamese Green Technology Center to provide training for such construction.

John Nielsen, ambassador of Denmark to Vietnam, said the project "[promotes] energy efficiency in small and medium-sized enterprises as well as in buildings in order to promote the transition to a low carbon society."

Experts from the University College of Northern Denmark visited Vietnam in November last year to provide short courses in energy optimization, including design and construction of active buildings using modern 3D digital programs.

At a second visit in June, they met people from Energy Conservation Center of Ho Chi Minh City and the two sides came up with the idea of building the Active House. They met again in Denmark in October to develop the plan with Kaersgaard Andersen.

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