GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO ENSURING GREEN BUILDING IN GHANA – HON. ABDULAI ABANGA

The Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Abdulai Abanga (MP) addressed 15th Ghana Green Building Summit with government’s assurances to commit and implement measures to ensure the country’s building architecture meet green building standards.

Speaking on the theme “Re-Imagining Affordable Housing and Livable Cities through Green Solutions” the Deputy Minister noted that the recently launched Ghana Building Code sets out the requirements and recommendations for energy efficiency standards for residential and non-residential buildings.

Hon. Abanga was optimistic that the revised Building Regulation which contains portions dedicated to Green Building Regulations will ensure building designs conform to environmental sustainability and create the needed ecosystem for human health and comfort.

He stated that the Ministry has again initiated processes to establish the Ghana Housing Authority with the mandate to regulate, plan, develop and manage housing developments in Ghana. He said these requirements are part of efforts to mitigate the climate change menace threatening the world’s population.

The issue of climate change the Deputy Minister said, has become one of the most pressing concerns in African and the entire planet that requires global effort. He added that climate change situation in Africa has contributed to population displacement, devastating floods, food insecurities, water scarcity and a lot more.

He therefore urged professionals in the built sector and the general public to change their building orientation and adhere to green building regulations to help fight climate change. “By building green, we reduce the impact our buildings have on contributing to climate change while also building the resilience of our homes and communities”, he added.

On his part, the Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh said Ghana has already taken steps to reduce carbon emissions on the environment. This, he said, include the Zero Gas Flaring

Policy, the development of a Gas Master Plan, the conversion of all thermal power generators from liquid fuel-based generation to natural gas and the passage of the Renewable Energy Law.

The Energy Minister further reiterated energy sector’s commitment to climate change goals, cognisant of the peculiar circumstances of the African continent.

The Ghana Green Building Summit (GGBS) was created by Yecham Property Consult in 2017 to evaluate Ghana’s green building needs and tailor local solutions in design, finance, and policy.

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