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KGBS aims at buildings that ‘breath’ zero carbon by 2050

The society hosted the Annual World Green Building Week focusing on Green Infrastructure and Urban Greening for Sustainable Cities and Communities.

In Summary
  • The conference which ended yesterday focused on Green Infrastructure and Urban Greening for Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Dr. Reuben Mutiso, CEO KGBS John Kabuye and Chair KGBS Elizabeth Wangeci Chege at Konza
Dr. Reuben Mutiso, CEO KGBS John Kabuye and Chair KGBS Elizabeth Wangeci Chege at Konza
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The Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) is calling for government, business leaders, policy makers and all stakeholders in the building sector to prioritize Net Zero buildings by 2050.

The society is also urging them to join in the activities lined up for the 11th Annual World Green Building Week (WGBW) held from September 21 to 25 2020.

The conference which ended yesterday focused on Green Infrastructure and Urban Greening for Sustainable Cities and Communities.

“Buildings contribute to 39 per cent of carbon emissions to the environment and this gives us the opportunity to cap that percentage by building green,” said Elizabeth Chege, Chairperson KGBS.

The World Green Building Week is an annual campaign that empowers all to deliver greener buildings and sustainable places.

This year KGBS stays true to the theme #ActOnclimate, in partnership with collaborators such as Absa, Majjid Al Futtaim, Acorn Holding, KoTDA, Usafi Comfort, AAK and others through the week’s activities.

KGBS seeks to unpack how the built environment and natural environment in Kenya can respond to the climate emergency.

This commitment recognizes business, organizations and regions taking action to reach net zero carbon in operation for all assets under their direct control by 2030, and all buildings to be net zero carbon in operation by 2050.

It is important to note that the State Department of Housing set the bar that the minimum standard for the design of affordable, climate-friendly homes shall be IFC’s EDGE (‘Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies’).

Stakeholders in the conference also underscored the need to embrace climatefriendly initiatives in the built environment.

“We seek to spark the conversation and action within the construction industry to acton climate change and build momentum inthe adoption of Net-zero carbon buildings for our Covid-19 recovery and beyond,” Jerome Ochieng, the Permanent Secretary incharge of ICT and Innovation in the Ministryof ICT said.

The PS challenged the public to craftcreative ways of greening the environmentas part of the heritage for posterity