The Architectural Association of Kenya Launches its Annual Convention and signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Kenya Green Building Society (KBGS). This year’s theme is The Built Environment and Climate Action: An Impactful Way forward.
Recognizing the increasing threat of climate change, many countries came together in 2015 to adopt the historic Paris Agreement, committing themselves to limiting climate change to well below 2° C. Some 184 countries have formally joined the agreement, including Kenya.
The agreement entered into force in November 2016. No continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa.
Given its geographical position, the continent will be particularly vulnerable due to the considerably limited adaptive capacity and exacerbated by widespread poverty.
The construction sector has become one of the most significant sectors that cause real environmental impacts by emitting a large amount of emissions into the atmosphere. Buildings are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions and 36% of global energy consumption.
The good news is that the Building Sector has the largest potential for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions compared to other major emitting sectors.
The World Green Building Council notes, that the world over, evidence is growing that green buildings bring multiple benefits. They provide some of the most effective means to achieving a range of global goals, such as addressing climate change, creating sustainable and thriving communities, and driving economic growth.
If carefully planned, greenhouse gas mitigation strategies for buildings can stimulate the growth of new businesses and jobs, as well as contribute to other, equally pressing, social development goals, such as better housing and access to clean energy and water.
It is imperative due to the impact of Buildings and Construction on Climate change that Built Environment professionals commit to a more sustainable building and urban future.
Today, the President of the Architectural Association of Kenya, Mugure Njendu and the Chair of the Kenya Green Building Society, Elizabeth Wangechi Chege, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing to partnering towards a greener future as well as to advocate for, promote, train and build capacity among its members on the principles of Green Building Design, towards promoting sustainable or green building designs, practices and technologies.
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