The Lagos State Government has stepped up its collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the Green Building initiative with the training of built environment professionals that are in government employment on the ideals of this novel initiative.
The Green Building initiative was conceived to promote eco-friendly structures referred to as Green Buildings, which use less water, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and others.
While speaking at the Lagos State IFC Edge workshop on Green Building, held at the Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said that the Green Building initiative was being adopted by the State Government, in collaboration with the IFC Edge team, as the right way to develop environment-friendly and sustainable buildings that would promote greenery and drastically reduce the carbon footprint in the State.
What Dr Idris Salako is saying
Salako in his speech said, “In clear terms, the Green Building Initiative is aimed at promoting eco-friendly structures known as Green Buildings, which use less water, optimise energy efficiency, conserve natural resources, generate less wastes and provide healthier spaces for occupants.’’
Salako explained that due to its enormous advantage to the environment and its capacity to accelerate the achievements of the ideals of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, particularly the Health and Environment as well as the Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy pillars, arrangements were in top gear to facilitate the adoption of the concept by all stakeholders in the built environment of Lagos State.
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The commissioner urged Town Planners, Architects, Builders, Engineers and other professionals in government to view their roles as standard-bearers in the physical environment as important and take maximum advantage of the workshop in order to appreciate, promote and facilitate the design and construction of Green Buildings in Lagos State.
Salako pointed out the workshop would be remembered as a major step towards restoration and the attainment of a livable and sustainable built environment for the overall benefit of society.
He said that the present administration would encourage collaboration which will be beneficial and support its commitment to the overall management of the environment in a sustainable manner.
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Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Abiola Kosegbe, stated that through the workshop and subsequent training, a team of EDGE experts to become Green Building professionals would be cultivated among participants.
She added that the collaboration on Green Building is a response of the built environment sector to climate change and carbon emissions with the advantage of reducing utility bills, carbon dioxide emissions and pollution as well as meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
Explaining the acronym EDGE, Temilola Sonola of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) said that it connotes Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency, while serving as a form of certification for Green Buildings.
Engr. Sunday Egbike, who is an EDGE Expert, added that the role of EDGE experts include being embedded within the certification process, providing design advice to developers and fulfilling compliance requirements among others.