Green Building Initiative to Help Address Climate Change 

Tendai Guvamombe (Darwendale)

As the country is drawing closer to the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches it has emerged that architects have sound contributions in ensuring the new mode of infrastructural development that perpetuates into Green Building.

In an interview with Ratidzo Gumbo, Vice President of Architects Institute of Zimbabwe at the just ended two day capacity building workshop in Darwendale organized by Climate Change Department in partnership with UNDP, revealed that as climate change continues to harm the current status of different sectors of environment, there is a need for the country to adopt latest building plans which ensures energy efficiency and sustainable development.

“As architects we are the people that contributes to the built environment, including how it is shaped, this entails a lot that as team leaders we have a hand in contributing to the latest requirements of climate change and mitigation approaches.

Climate change as the topical issue at the fore front of myriad challenges globally is affecting every sector thereby compromising people’s future in many ways, the likes of energy consumption and resource scarcity among others.

According to Mrs Gumbo the world of architects have since shifted to new mode of practice which will inevitably cascades into latest innovative approaches, the likes of green building concept whose emphasis dwells on sustainability, renewable energy efficiency.

“ The green building concept is a sounding innovative approach to spearhead sustainability in the way buildings are constructed. Of late we used to damage the environment through old practices but with green buildings we the designs ensures energy efficiency and there is recycling of waste in the building materials used.

In some countries in the developed world have since adopted the green building concept and have been able to strike a balance between energy consumption and efficiency.

Zimbabwe as a country is expected to be one of the few countries Africa in embracing such concepts as it prepares to pledge its Nationally Determined Contribution(NDCs) at the high profile UN Secretary-General Summit on Climate Change which is around the corner.

Tendai Guvamombe