Arusha to Host Stakeholders' Meet On Green Building in East Africa (allAfrica.com)

THE Green Building Council of Tanzania with a mission of driving the sustainable development of Tanzania’s built landscape has organised a two-day stakeholders’ meeting in Arusha to discuss, among other issues, viable strategies to implement, develop and finance Green Building in East Africa.
Addressing the media in Dar es Salaam recently, the President of the Tanzania Green Building Council (TZGBC), Ngwisa Mpembe said the opening session of the first East Africa Green Building Conference scheduled for March 19 and 20, 2015 would be graced by the Vice- President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal.
“In line with our action plan for the first year, the council in collaboration with professional associations of Architects, Quantity Surveyors and Engineers has organised this meeting to bring together at least 300 delegates to expound on innovative Green Building Designs and Technology,” explained Mpembe who is also the Vice-President of Tanzania Institute of Engineers (TIE).
The historical conference will be the first of its kind with participants coming from East and Central Africa, Canada, Ghana, South Africa, United States of America, Mozambique, Seychelles and a special delegation from the government of Singapore to be represented by the president of the Singapore Green Building Council.
Clarifying on the relevance of the green building mission in Tanzania, Mpembe underlined the commitment to promote construction of modern, environmental friendly houses both to meet the demands in both rural and urban areas with a clear focus on preservation of the natural wonders and holistic sustainable communities for all. The Tanzania Green Building Council motto is “Inspire Change, Create Growth and Build Green.”
The Vice-President of TZGBC, Ms Farizan d’Avezac, emphasised the council’s resolve to continue working closely with different stakeholders in the construction industry as well as decision makers, to transform communities for installation of well-designed structures to meet the varied demands ranging from residential, business, recreation and others.
“It has been possible in Singapore and other countries, so will it be in Tanzania,” Faizan remarked. The President of Architects Association of Tanzania, Mbaraka Hussein Igangula cited Singapore, Toronto and Sidney among other cities with architectural design this country intends to realise.
“Judging from the existing good work relationship with different stakeholders like National Housing Corporation (NHC), the Architects and Quantity Surveyor Registration Board (AQRB), ACET, the World Green Building Council among others, Tanzania will appear different and environmental conservation promoted,” Igangula clarified.
Representing the Architects’ Association of Tanzania, Henry Mwoleka said the conference would offer opportunity for new members to join the Green Building Council as the forum was open by registration and fee to all key industry stakeholders including Engineers, Architects, Quantity Surveyors Planners and developers.
Source: Business