NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to encourage construction of green
buildings in order to promote environmental sustainability, an
official said on Wednesday.
Charles Kagura, the
Chief Research Officer at State owned Kenya Building Research
Centre (KBRC), told a science forum in Nairobi that conventional
buildings are a major source of green house emissions in the
“In order to embrace
a carbon neutral development pathway, Kenya will encourage the
real estate sector to construct more green buildings,” Kagura
said during the Seventh National Science Week which runs from
May 7 to 11.
KBRC is currently
undertaking research on new materials, technologies and
processes to ensure that the building sector does not contribute
to climate change.
The state body is
also partnering with academic institutions to roll out
environmentally friendly building material and techniques to the
Kagura added that a
key challenge facing country building sector is the
“If no major
innovations are introduced, the construction industry will over
the long term have a major negative impact on the environment
through pollution,” Kagura added.
He said research on
building materials and construction technologies is still under
tapped in Kenya.