That’s why a more sustainable approach to industrial development is so welcome. A new factory in northern Vietnam for world-leading garment manufacturer TAL Apparel is leading the way. The two-storey building is aiming to achieve LEED Gold accreditation for sustainability in construction and operation.

Nearly a third of the materials used in construction were sourced locally and 30% was recycled content. Now operational, it uses 45% less water and 22% less energy than similar buildings. It provides a healthy and safe working environment with parking in the basement, a staff guesthouse and canteen for 1,000 people.

Royal HaskoningDHV was responsible for the design and management of the project which took just 14 months to complete. The focus on sustainability is good for everyone. It’s a great working environment which raises productivity while keeping operating costs low and reducing pressure on local resources.

The building is aiming to achieve LEED Gold accreditation for sustainability in construction and operation.