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International Conference on Building Materials 2019 underway

Released at: 16:51, 31/10/2019

International Conference on Building Materials 2019 underway

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ICBM 2019 being held from October 31 to November 2 in Hanoi.

by Nghi Do

“Expansion of the sustainable construction sector is critical in the context of increasing climate vulnerability and rapid urbanization,” Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, told the International Conference on Building Materials (ICBM) 2019, being held in Hanoi from October 31 to November 2. “Action is needed by governments to create enabling policy frameworks that help shape markets where businesses generate sustainable materials and end-users are encouraged to design, use, and demand sustainable construction products.”

The Vietnam Institute for Building Materials (VIBM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the China Building Materials Academy (CBMA), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne University (EPFL), and other national and international partners are organizing ICBM, entitled “Science and technology of building materials for sustainable development”.

The conference is being held under the auspices of the Ministry of Construction.

A diverse range of topics are being discussed on best practices, innovative solutions, and recent and future developments in the science and technology of sustainable building materials for further development of the sustainable building material and construction industry in Vietnam and beyond.

Attending the conference are Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Van Sinh and leaders and representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology, organizers and co-organizers, embassies, and international and national institutions, academia, industry associations, enterprises, and agencies. Building materials play a key role in the construction of infrastructure, housing, buildings, and all types of other construction works. The manufacturing and trade of building materials influence the national as well as the global economy, the environment, and societies.

“The development of building materials definitely requires the application of science and technology to minimize using natural minerals, maximize using industrial byproducts, save energy, protect the environment, and create more sustainable building material products,” Dr. Le Trung Thanh, Director General of VIBM, told the conference. “This is even essential, particularly when Vietnam has among the largest production of building materials in the world.”

Vietnam’s production capacity of main building materials in 2018 was nearly 100 million tons of cement, 706 million sq m of ceramic tiles, 16 million sanitaryware products, 260 million sq m of glass products, 18 billion fired clay bricks, 8 billion unfired cement-based blocks, 200,000 tons of refractory products, and 250 million liters of paint. The cement and ceramic production sectors have the fourth-largest output in the world.

The construction sector accounts for about one-third of global final energy use and around 35 to 40 per cent of total GHG emissions worldwide, and is responsible for more than a third of global material resources. These challenges are becoming more apparent in developing countries, where building stock is expected to more than double by 2030. Most of these emissions are the result of cement and steel manufacturing, followed by aluminum, glass, and insulation materials.

The conference features lectures from leading speakers and is a forum for 300 national and international researchers, scholars, experts and policy makers from some 15 countries and territories around the world. It is also a formal event linked with celebrations of the 50th anniversary of VIBM’s establishment.

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