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Cambodia construction sector and Building code

Before the global financial crisis, Construction sector in Cambodia had risen up nationwide and the country had benefited from it very much. This could help national economy growing up to about 10%. Unfortunately, when the crisis came, most of the new constructions were stuck and stopped. Cambodia’s construction field has suffered greatly from the economic crisis. However, this doesn’t mean the sector is still stuck from the time of the crisis but it has started to slowly recover after the crisis ended.

Nowadays,  we can see the recovery trough new real-estate investments and new constructions through out Phnom Penh and some major provinces.  This is a good sign for future of the sector, yet it is not what we have to be much happy. The point that I say we should not be much happy is that there are many concerns behind it.

So far, Cambodia has not yet set up the formal code to guarantee standard for new buildings.  Building code is the set of rules to secure the minimum level of  safety for buildings and non-building structure. Building code is the only effective way to guarantee the standard of the construction and building. The lack of Building code  has affected Cambodian society in all aspects even the health sector. Can you imagine a house which is approved by the ministry of land management urban and construction but is not suitable for living?

If we talk about architecture which is closely attached to the construction sector, a building is built to meet people demands, to comfort people, to provide a safe shelter, and to secure its quality for long time. For some buildings in Cambodia, especially houses in Phnom Penh, do not have enough capability to function like I mentioned above.  Some poorly-designed house were just built to occupy many people but do not comfort them with the good quality of light and air.

Plus, most of Cambodian architectural designers seem to be slow in updating them self  in the today global context. I have been taught to design a house to comfort people but never been taught to comfort the environment. It is hard to get right answer from the question ” What is sustainability in architecture?” or other similar questions from Cambodian students and some Cambodian architects. As known, the world is changing greatly fast and the world is facing some terrible things that we need to take action. Have you ever known about Carbon emission from buildings, Drops of natural resources and so on? That is why we need to green the buildings , construction of buildings, and also designs of building. The only answer to these problems is green code for building.

In conclusion, there are more advantages of building code which some people cannot think of.  For Cambodia, good building code is invaluable. Don’t you think that it is the time to have a formal building code for our country?

a scence of Cambodian housing

* This is just my own writing about my own opinion. Please you feel free correct mistakes in grammar and meaning. Thanks!

ខែកញ្ញា 12, 2010 at 5:22 ព្រឹក មតិ 4

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