On 12 December 2019, the Vietnam Association for Building Materials (VABM) in collaboration with the Project Management Unit of the Project entitled “Promotion of non-fired brick production and utilisation in Vietnam” organised the Building Material Forum (BMF2019) with the theme “Honouring the best businesses in production and utilisation of non-fired building materials - green materials for green life” in Hanoi.

This event aims to honour and encourage the best businesses leading in changing the awareness of the social community about non-fired building materials (NFBMs), thereby promoting the market development for production and utilisation of NFBMs, contributing to the implementation of the sustainable development goals and climate change responses in Vietnam.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Xuan Dinh and Chairman of VABM Tong Van Nga honouring the best businesses in production and utilisation of NFBMs in Vietnam - green materials for green life.

The Organising Committee conducted the review, assessment and recognition of 51 out of 88 businesses, which met the required criteria according to the Forum’s regulations, in the following sectors: producers of NFBMs; manufacturers of equipment for transferring technology for NFBM production; contractors of construction works using significantly NFBMs; investors who have construction works using significantly NFBMs.

The Decision No. 567/QD-TTg dated 28 April 2010 on the NFBM Development Program to 2020 of the Government had set out specific targets such as developing the production and utilisation of NFBMs to replace fired clay bricks at the proportion of 20-25% by 2015 and 30-40% by 2020; annually using about 15 to 20 million tons of industrial wastes (ash from thermal power plants, blast furnace slag...) to produce NFBMs, saving about 1,000 hectares of agricultural land and hundreds of hectares of land area for gathering wastes; towards completely eliminating fired clay brick production plants with manual kilns. The Government also required an increase of NFBMs usage; specifically from 2011, high-rise buildings (from 9 floors and above) had to use lightweight NFBMs (volume of not more than 1,000 kg/m3) in at least 30% of the total of building materials. Furthermore, the Government also encouraged construction works to use other NFBMs with the porosity greater than 30% and lightweight NFBMs. After 10 years of implementation of Program 567, NFBMs have been used widely in construction works, promoting significantly the market share of NFBMs; the awareness of the community and the society regarding the production and use of NFBMs has changed substantially.

The Project “Promotion of non-fired brick production and utilisation in Vietnam” funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) has been implemented from June 2015 by the Ministry of Science and Technology as the executing agency and the Ministry of Construction as the co-implementing agency. According to Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Xuan Dinh, the goal of the Project is to reduce the annual growth rate of greenhouse gas emissions by displacing the use of fossil fuels and good quality soil for brick making through the increase in production, sale and utilisation of non-fired bricks (NFB) in Vietnam. After nearly 5 years of implementation, the Project has developed 5 sets of training materials; organised many training courses about development policies, standards, technical regulations, technology, and equipment for NFB production as well as designing and building construction works using NFBs, etc. The Project has also successfully implemented 3 tech-demo projects of producing concrete bricks in Hai Phong, Thai Nguyen, and Da Nang; provided technical support to 18 replication projects with a design capacity of 700 million standard bricks/year nationwide, making an important contribution to the dissemination of advanced NFB production technology.

Besides the honour ceremony, BMF2019 also conducted discussions on innovative solutions for science and technology; corporate governance; difficulties, obstacles, and solutions in the production and use of NFBMs in Vietnam in the coming time.