School of Property, Construction & Project Management
The building and construction sector accounts for 40% of global energy use, 30% of energy-related GHG emissions, approximately 12% of water use, nearly 40% of waste, and employs 10% of the workforce, including many SMEs. The built environment has the potential to catalyse opportunities for a wide array of global and local challenges including climate change, land-use, demographic shifts, water and other resource scarcities. Two billion additional urban inhabitants are expected by 2030, the majority of whom will be in the rapidly growing cities of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With this rapid growth comes an urgent need for sustainable buildings and construction.
Associate Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga is a lead/co lead of the 10YFP Programme for Buildings and Construction. The Programme aims to foster a mutual understanding of sustainable buildings among relevant stakeholders and to identify the knowledge, resources and incentives required to build, maintain and use them; ensuring structures are healthy to live and work in; that they sustainably utilise energy, water, land and other key resources, respect environmental limits; are responsive to climate change; and contribute to the social and economic development of the communities where they stand. The Programme is being launched in Nariobi as part of the UN Habitat Programme on April 20.