Environment and sustainable development an Ethiopian perspective

Green Building and construction

Posted by 4kilo on April 1, 2007

What Makes a Building Green?

A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment.Read here more

Kazanchis area
view from kokeb resturant

Lots of construction is under going in addis ababa today.Most of them are medium seized buildings of different kinds:office complex,shopping mall,apartments and Hotels.Nearly all of these buildings are constructed by demolishing existing relatively small dwelling houses,commercial outlets along main roads of the city.It is good thing to see this construction is happening in a city of millions where once called a big village.Being a civil engineer myself and in fact participated in some of the buildings as a designer there are lots of constraints behind this constructions which involves the government,contractors , consultants and investors.

The Government

Unfortunately the lease price each investor is paying for plot of land is very expensive. Investors otherwise could have used it to build better building.Buildings are not by themselves an end but basis for other investments.It seems the government is using it as a primary income means.This has to be changed for long term benefit of the city.

The Investors

Instead of copying the building type right beside them they should give a chance to their architects to give them something new.have you noticed those building along Bole road? they all are the same,box shape with similar glass frame with slight difference in colour.Look those buildings built years ago how they become the city’s icon,the commercial bank building near national theater,the A.A city administration building ….

Contractors and Consultants

The construction industry clearly has a lot to learn, specially finishing works and construction time.Consultants or designers should be in a position to influence their customer in a way they can be able to produce a design which really could become an integral part of the city instead of reproducing the same design again and again.

a collective effort of all these stake holders could result a good and unique buildings the city deserves.

When coming to the already changing climate of addis the environment should be given priority.It is time to enforce Green building design and construction standards.Architects and engineers should make themselves ready for green design and construction.The government should make ready the required codes and standards and enforce them to build an environmental friendly city.

Read here checklist for green building and construction and also here for Green building basics


2 Responses to “Green Building and construction”

  1. Dawit said

    Well said! But where are the fundamentals? real estate bubbles are dangerous, may God save us from another disaster…

  2. abdul said

    hej arat kilo
    i cant agree more .buildings built in addis now lack inspirational value.when i see them i see a box coverd with tinted glass.if one is spending 300 to 400 mil br. for a building ,one can go the extra mile and invest in innovativ design

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