A focus on green architecture and sustainable development is behind the design of buildings and facilities at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South.
The design solutions for energy efficiency and environmental savings across the campus include the use of surface and structural building materials to minimise noise, pollution and heat, as well as systems in place for water to be safely treated and re-used for irrigation.
Buildings take advantage of natural light and use breezeways to capture air flow and minimise the use of air conditioning.
The campus has a rich flora with many green spaces to create a healthy landscape for students and staff while the green roofs and bushes help reduce the distribution of dust and the heat flow by radiation in the buildings.
A commitment to environmental awares and sustainable development runs right across RMIT Vietnam, from its buildings through to its people.
The RMIT Vietnam Student Environment Club run regular events for students and staff, such as paper recycling programs as well as annual campaigns for the RMIT Vietnam community to donate unused items to charity.
RMIT Vietnam Saigon South recently shared learnings on sustainable architecture design in practice with a group of architecture staff and students from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology.
The University of Technology Architecture Program lecturer Mr Tran Cong Danh said the group's visit, which was the first for the university, has enabled a practical application of the students' coursework on green building design.
"We're impressed with the design and sustainable practices at RMIT Vietnam and hope to have more opportunities to tour the campus with our students", Mr Danh said.
"The sustainable architecture standards and practices applied throughout the university's construction enable a clean and healthy work environment for RMIT Vietnam staff and students as well as contribute to the development of green buildings in Vietnam."
RMIT Vietnam has been recognised for its performance as a leader in green architecture through industry awards.
An energy saving award was presented to the University by the Saigon Times Group in its Saigon Times Top 40 Awards 2010.
RMIT Vietnam's Academic Building 1 was awarded the 2010 National Energy Efficiency Award by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Academic Building 2, which opened in 2013, has been designed to the Australian five-star Green Building standards.