• How to make your building greener

    June 22, 2015

    Sustainable development responds to the requirement of the present without compromising the capacity of the future generation to responding to theirs. Green Buildings are healthy buildings that highlight the reduction of impact on the environment as well as improve the well-being of the individual through efficient design and infrastructure, adapted to the climate as well as resources of the country. As sustainable development continues to persist as one of the critical international issues within Africa and beyond, accreditations like LEED, Green Mark, and BREEAM act as environmental benchmarks to reduce the impact on the environment. It is important to create green specifications that are localized to the context of the country.   There are a different ways to contribute to the built environment’s improvement. One of them would be savings in water through concepts such as water harvesting and the use of drought tolerant plants for landscaping. Some of these plants (bleeding heart, glacier LVY, Ranong…) hold in moisture while others minimize water loss through transpiration. Consuming lower levels of water, utilities will simultaneously be lowered and room is created for water conservation. The second method would be savings in energy. The orientation of a building determines the level of ventilation, insulation, solar shading as well as day lighting. Others methods that exist include the installation of solar panels and more and more people are switching to solar technology to support their energy sources.   The Tanzania Green Building Council works in collaboration with architects, engineers, building developers, academics to build the green building movement of the country. This new era of… Read more…

  • Introduction to Green Building

    October 10, 2014

    Green Building target more than just energy efficiency. Green Buildings, especially in developing countries, target the dimensions the dimensions of social, environmental as well as economic sustainability. Social sustainability comes from the empowerment and participation of the people. It is important to improve on the capability building professionals and engage the community at large to understand policies and regulations and empower groups to influence city-building processes. Environmental sustainability in the context of the building industry is to consider local climate, material availability and resources. It is to save energy in construction, manufacturing, and transportation of materials; designing and planning for energy efficiency; prioritizing natural and recycled materials and the avoidance of harmful pollutants. Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by: Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation What does sustainability mean in Tanzania? With green building initiatives at individual and company level have been in the country for quite some time and some buildings has already been constructed using green technologies, the progress of green building in Tanzania will accelerate through nationwide adoption backed up with the support of key stakeholders from the government, academic and building sector as well as professionals from the engineering as well as architectural industry. With more seminars and trainings being rolled out in 2015, the topic of sustainability will gain a stronger foothold in the country. Look out for… Read more…