Zambia Green Building Association Participates in the Green Building Convention
As part of the partnership between the National Council for Construction (NCC) and the Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP), representatives from the recently established Zambia Green Building Association (ZGBA) travelled to Namibia to attend the 2nd 2015 Convention on Green Building Development and Sustainability hosted by ZGBA sister-organisation Green Building Council Namibia. The event took place from 21st to 24th April at the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Windhoek and allowed for important insights to be gained on the appropriate course of action for the ZGBA as well as productive interactions with industry experts and champions of Green Building principles.
The two-day event, titled "Thinking BIG! Sustainable Building, Waste not" offered a wide array of industry topics including global visions of future sustainable city development, a case study in green community engagement and the latest developments in Green Building rating systems. The conference featured a comprehensive range of speakers representing academia, government and the private sector from countries including Namibia, Kenya, South Africa, Australia and Germany.
A two-day training workshop on the Green Star Rating Tool for Existing Buildings, known as Existing Building Performance (EBP) and the Green Star Rating Tool for New Buildings took place prior to the workshop. Important insights gained were related to the fact that there are more than one rating system appropriate for any given country and care should be taken in first understanding market drivers for Green Buildings before pursuing any specific rating system.
These events proved to be an ideal opportunity for ZGBA representatives to network with green construction experts from other countries and report back to the Zambian construction industry on the green building movement within the region and overseas.
The diverse composition of local and international presenters who shared their insight from the perspective of academia, non-government organisations, private and public sectors generated enthusiasm, fruitful discussions and exchange of ideas.
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