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Thai Developers urge green tax breaks

The government should offer tax incentives to raise consumer awareness of the benefits of energy-saving homes, says Somchao Tanterdtham, managing director of listed developer NC Housing Plc. “We developers want to build energy-saving homes but there are so many problems in doing this, such as higher costs that push house prices higher,” he said yesterday at a seminar on sustainable housing. Higher costs would come from thicker walls and insulation installed to reduce electricity consumption from air-conditioning systems, he said. Thais also need to change their attitudes and be prepared to live in warmer homes to save energy, he said. The government should provide a “green label” for energy-saving homes, which covers the construction process, and grant tax incentives to developers for building them, he said. Designing a green home is a deeply integrated process and the Association of Siamese Architects could provide prototypes to raise consumer awareness. The association with the United Nations Environment Programme yesterday jointly opened a two-day training workshop on the issue for housing developers, contractors and materials suppliers. At the seminar, Chalermwat Tantasawasdi, an assistant professor from Thammasat University’s architecture and planning faculty, promoted the use of bio-climate designs to reduce a building’s carbon footprint. Bio-climate design uses natural phenomena such as wind to help reduce energy consumption. “Sustainable development reduces the impact on the environment, preserves natural resources for future generations and maintains quality of life.” Source : bangkokpost.com

Six projects in Map Ta Phut industrial estate allowed to resume

Thailand’s Central Administrative Court on Tuesday instructed state agencies concerned to allow two private companies to proceed with the construction and machinery testing by six projects in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate to prevent ...

Honda Eco car's concept model to be launched in Bangkok

Honda Automobile (Thailand) maintains the schedule to manufacture its eco-car in Thailand in 2011, with the plan to launch the model at the Bangkok International Motor Show later this month.

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