Residential building to be transformed into eco friendly commercial base for the UN in Vietnam

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The government of Vietnam has signed an MOA with the United Stations for setting up a new commercial base for the UN in Hanoi, Vietnam. According to the scheme, an existing residential building in Hanoi will be transformed into an environmentally friendly commercial base for the United Nations. The new base will bring all UN organizations under a single roof. Once completed, the new building will conserve water and energy and will have less carbon footprint than other similar office buildings.

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Apart from being on the green side, the new base will also enable cost efficiencies for the UN. To be built by architects GHD, the construction cost for the new building will be covered by the Government of Vietnam, the UN Country Team and a number of international donors. The government here has agreed to a 10-year rent free contract for all UN organizations.

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The project, dubbed Green One UN House, will involve refurbishment of an existing residential building and construction of 2500sqm. The entire process has been fashioned to be eco friendly with the use of green roofs, low water use fittings, energy efficient lighting, use of recycled materials and an array of photovoltaic panels that will generate 10 percent of the building’s energy requirements.

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