Việt Nam is going through a construction boom, with apartment and office buildings mushrooming, and energy efficiency is imperative, Nguyễn Công Thịnh, head of the Ministry of Construction’s science, technology and environment department, told a seminar in HCM City on December 5. “The ministry would like to build a complete legal framework to support energy saving in buildings. “That is a task we must accomplish for green construction and the economy,” he added. A project called “Energy Efficiency Improvement in Commercial and High-Rise Residential Builidings in Việt Nam” has been rolled out by the ministry for 2016 -19 under the sponsorship of the United Nations Development Programme. The US$3.2 million project aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions over the long run, will review and seek better energy-saving methods and create a framework for the task. “We will try to improve the ability to design, construct and operate energy-efficient commercial and apartment buildings around the country,” Đinh Chính Lợi, the project co-ordinator, said.