By 2050, Africa will be home to 1.3 billion more people than it is today (more than half of the world’s projected population growth of 2.4 billion people). This means a huge demand for buildings – with 80 per cent of those that will exist in 2050, yet to be built.
But this also means that we have the opportunity to build right from today, and create green jobs, skills and training, and sustainable growth through widespread green building. Green Building Councils in our Africa Regional Network are responding to these challenges and opportunities on the ground.
They are focusing on four strategies – supporting strong regulatory and voluntary frameworks; recognising and scaling local building materials and practices; training the green building workers of today and tomorrow; and directing much-needed foreign and domestic investment to green building.