‘Green’ award for building in Vietnam
By Andy Brown11 January 2022
TechnoPark Tower in Vinhomes Ocean Park in Hanoi, Vietnam, has been awarded the V4 LEED Platinum Green Building Certificate by the US Green Building Council.
The award, which is difficult to obtain, honours ‘green’ buildings for their capability to save energy and protect the environment.
To achieve this certificate, the TechnoPark Tower had to satisfy nine criteria, including: integrated design, location and connectivity, sustainable location, efficient use of water, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor air quality, innovation initiatives and regional scores.
TechnoPark Tower has the ability to save up to 17% of total annual energy consumption compared to the standard level, owing to energy-efficient solutions such as low-E insulating glass facades which helps to minimise heat transfer in both directions; ventilation systems for the parking lot and the green roof, which helps to reduce the heat transfer coefficient; and solar panels on the lake’s surface next to TechnoPark Tower to generate a renewable energy source.
Inside the tower, nearly 3,000 Siemens motion sensors automatically turn the lights off in unoccupied areas. The entire exterior lighting system is controlled by a timer to reduce light pollution and more than 75% of the workspace enjoys natural daylight, allowing tenants to reduce electricity consumption inside the building.
In terms of water efficiency, TechnoPark Tower makes full use of rainwater collected at storage tanks to water plants, while using low-flow sanitary equipment to minimise water consumption at source.
Greenery occupies 25% of the total area of the building, with the highlight being the chill sky gardens where native drought-tolerant plants are grown to save water. In addition, to encourage tenants to use environmentally friendly transportation, there are multiple charging stations for electric vehicles in the tower’s parking basement and more than 600 bicycle parking slots.