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 our programme and course schedules which will be announced during the East Africa Green Building Conference in March 2015.