Good building design reduces climate change effects, saves money – Expert

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From: Kazeem Biriowo, Abuja

Prof. Bala Kabir, former Chairman, Abuja Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria, has said good building design decreases power consumption, saves money and reduces the effect of climate change.

The builder, in his keynote address at the 2019 FCT Builders Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in Abuja said about 40 per cent of world’s energy resources are used for building residential and commercial structures.

The event was themed Sustainable Energy Efficient of Building System.

Kabir, who was represented by Deputy Director, Mass Housing, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Bldr. Muhammed Tuga revealed that sustainable energy efficient design of buildings is capable of reducing the operating costs, enhances building and organizational marketability and functionality of buildings.

Speaking further, Kabir said noted that the use of electricity contributes approximately between 55 to 70% of total greenhouse gas emission globally.

He also said choosing the correct heating or cooling system can have a big impact on the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission.

“The concept of sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their economic, environmental and social needs”. He added.

In his opening address, Abuja Chapter of Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria, Bldr. Odunmbaku Wilson said the theme was carefully selected due to resolve to be among professional that would champion the course of sustainability in the area of operations.

“Building all around the world consume a significant amount of energy as this has raised concerns over energy demands and supplies, rapid energy resource depletion, rising building service demands improved comfort life styles along with the increased time spent in buildings and the need to prepare for future need of generation yet unborn.”

Wilson revealed that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has raised concern over the importance and relevance of energy efficiency in a broader discussion of Climate Change at the launch of First Building Energy Efficiency Code in August 2017

Speaking further, Wilson said, the Minister also cited the opportunities adopting energy efficiency would represent with regards to job creation and employment and could create a new crop of jobs that previously were non-existent.

Wilson also emphasized that the conference has brought together authorities in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainability, green development and facilities management to do justice to the themes choosing for the conference.

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