CAMaRSEC – Climate-adapted Material-research for the Socio-economic Context of Vietnam. Enabling Research and Development for Sustainable Buildings in the Socio-economic Context of Vietnam (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)
CAMaRSEC aims to support the development and implementation of an energy-efficient, resource-efficient and, in general, sustainable construction practice in Vietnam. This happens on the basis of interdisciplinary problem analysis and fundamental research and through the strategic and coordinated development of basic infrastructures for research, characterization, training and education as well as through the transfer of scientific results into construction and planning practice. The most important aim is the effective application of the developed instruments and measures for energy- and resource-efficient construction. Those instruments shall comply with the existing Vietnamese regulation framework for energy-efficient buildings (National Technical Code for Building Energy Efficiency: QCVN 09: 2017 / BXD).
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the context of the “CLIENT II” initiative “International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovations” with a total funding of 2.1 million €. The project period is three years, from 1.7.2019 to 30.6 2022.
CAMaRSEC approaches sustainable building from five perspectives, which form the lifecycle context of new residential buildings: 1) living context, 2) integrated design, 3) technical fundamentals, 4) execution quality and 5) resource utilization. All these topics aim to promote an effective system of sustainable construction (governance framework). The living context is the current socio-economic situation of the residents and the performance of the building with regard to the provision of comfort, health and well-being as well as facility management. The aspect of integrated design addresses a building’s design in relation to the needs of the residents, to the current technical standards, to the local climate and to the market context. The dimension of the technical fundamentals deals with material properties and the physical performance of materials and other structural systems. The execution quality is the link between the design and the realisation of the building. At this point, knowledge and manual skills are necessary to develop buildings with a long life cycle and a low susceptibility to damage. The aspect of resource utilization aims at the long-term use of the building components and their potential adaptability to new requirements. This aspect includes also the potential reuse of materials at the end of the building life cycle, and the resource-efficient use of materials in new structures.
The CAMaRSEC project team consists of Vietnamese and German partners from different fields of expertise. The Institute for Building Energetics, Thermotechnology and Energy Storage at Stuttgart University, represented by Dr Dirk Schwede, leads the project. The German consortium members are, besides the University of Hamburg, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics based in Holzkirchen and Stuttgart, the vocational training centre Bau Bildung Sachsen e.V, and the industrial partner Netzsch Taurus Instruments AG. Vietnamese partners based in Hanoi are the National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE) and the Vietnamese Institute for Building Materials (VIBM), the College of Urban Works and Construction, which is under supervision of the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction, and the Vietnam National Construction Consultants Corporation. The Ton Duc Thang University is the local project partner in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Institute for Geography of Hamburg University works on Sub Project 2: Socio-economic Dimension, Governance and Dissemination Management. It provides basic data about societal, economic and political aspects of the Vietnamese construction sector and energy politics. A large-scale household survey delevoped under the auspices of Hamburg University delivers information about the living context, residential behaviour, and the issue of sustainable living in the fast growing segment of high-rise apartment buildings. In cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction, the team of Hamburg University compiles recommendations for innovative policies and locally adapted regulative structures in the context of energy-efficiency and sustainable construction. The establishment of a Competence Centre for Sustainable Building in Vietnam (CCSB-VN) at the National University for Civil Engineering (NUCE) contributes to the development of the Vietnamese research infrastructure. In cooperation with other project members and potent local actors, the team of Hamburg University develops diverse products for the dissemination of the project’s results. The most important products are a handbook about Green and Healthy Living, the organisation of workshops with local multipliers like the European Chamber of Commerce, and the CAMaRSEC conferences. The team of Hamburg University is also responsible for the Scientific Advisory Board, which consults the project in regard of local adaptability. The main tasks here are the organization of the board meetings and the authoring of the reports.
Dr. Michael A. Waibel (Management)
Further information can be found on the project’s BMBF-CLIENT homepage: