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Building the Future: Bhutan’s Sustainable Construction Odyssey

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In this concluding segment of our series, we explore Bhutan’s strides in sustainable construction, focusing on practical initiatives to ensure a greener and more eco-friendly future.

Representing the Bhutan Construction and Transport Authority, Tenzin Dorji shared Bhutan’s forward-looking approach at the International Construction Transformation Conference (ICTC) 2023. Sustainability, he highlighted, is not just a goal but a fundamental principle.

Bhutan’s strategy for green building involves thoughtful practices, from saving energy to conserving water. Each construction project tells a story deeply connected to nature, showcasing Bhutan’s strong commitment to environmental harmony. Dorji’s insights offer a glimpse into a future where sustainability is not just a choice but an integral part of Bhutan’s construction landscape.

Central to Bhutan’s architectural ethos is biodiversity conservation, acknowledging that sustaining life’s rich tapestry is an integral responsibility in construction planning. He said: “Additionally, Bhutan places emphasis on indoor air quality and the utilisation of sustainable materials, fortifying its commitment to align each building with the natural pulse of its surroundings.”

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Dorji said: “A standout initiative in Bhutan’s construction landscape is the Green Road project, an innovative response to the challenge of daily plastic waste accumulation.”

He also highlights the project’s use of waste plastic in road construction, creating durable and environmentally friendly roadways. Given that Bhutan grapples with the production of hundreds of tons of plastic waste daily, the Green Road project stands as a shining example of the nation’s commitment to addressing environmental challenges holistically.

The Green Road public-private project aims to achieve a significant impact on Bhutan’s environment.

Anticipated results include a 40% reduction in the import of bitumen from India and a substantial decrease in plastic waste entering landfills, estimated to be between 30-40%. Even though plastic constitutes only 10-15% of the road-paving mix, the project is designed to utilise all the plastic waste generated in the country with a population of over 780,000 people.

Clearly, Bhutan not only focuses on sustainable buildings but also on the roads that wind through its beautiful valleys and peaks. However, Bhutan openly recognises the challenges of climate change. Dorji emphasises the importance of everyone working together to protect the planet, echoing through the serene landscapes and highlighting the urgent need for global collaboration.


Article 1: Bhutan’s Blueprint for Bliss: A Journey into Gross National Happiness
Article 2: Bhutan: A Haven for Nature’s Harmony


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