The first United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change led to an agreement that was signed in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. Governments use it to agree on policies limiting global temperature rises and adapting to climate change impacts. There are ideas, solutions, and innovative actions that can mitigate climate change. One of them is reducing the effects of climate change by using environmentally friendly building materials and technologies.
Kenya Building Research Centre is the focal point and convenes a secretariat mandated to implement green building agenda in Kenya. Green Building is the practice of creating structures and using environmentally responsible and resource-efficient processes throughout a building’s life cycle, which entails; siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.
Application of the green buildings concept in construction helps reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
Efficient use of energy, water, and other resources.
Protecting occupant health and improving productivity.
Reducing waste, pollution, and environmental degradation.