The Tanzania Green Building Council has been instrumental in advancing green building in the country, with two impressive new projects recently completed.
NHC Place is Tanzania’s first green building with zero incremental cost. Its green value engineering approach seeks to incorporate all elements of green building wherever possible.
As a result, this successful project is packed with green features. Even before construction commenced, the building site was chosen from land already reserved for developed, so undeveloped land could be preserved.
In the building itself, systems and equipment used were thoroughly researched to ensure that they consume minimal energy. A refuse chute is provided for recyclable waste, and plants on site are selected to use less water.
The second impressive project is Kigamboni, a housing estate with the goal of building a resilient community in Dar Es Salaam – an “abode of peace" for African cities to emulate.
Great care was taken to incorporate green elements in the design and construction. The resulting estate has a reduced dependence on energy, with orientation, ventilation, insulation, solar shading and use of daylight all designed to regulate building temperature and reduce the need for artificial heating, cooling and lighting.
The project also aimed to maximise social responsibility, reducing use of toxic materials and incorporating low VOC paint to ensure that the dwellings are healthy. The project was also a community effort, with local residents working on the construction of the estate, and thereby learning new skills.
GreenA Consultants Pte Ltd was the lead ESD consultant and provides advisory and consultation services in areas of sustainability and the achievement of Singapore BCA Green Mark, LEED, Green Globe and Malaysia Green Building Index Certification.