Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) has asked investors interested in putting up buildings in the city to focus on green buildings.

KoTDA’s Chief Manager for Physical Planning, Design, and Compliance Anna Musyimi said the authority is implementing several green practices in its development processes to advance environmental conservation as part of its sustainability goals.

She asked architects, engineers and government leaders to make a shift from traditional design principles of construction and urban development to embrace sustainability and green architecture and practices in order to advance environmental conservation as part of its sustainability goals.

This will keep future generations in mind by preserving resources.

Some of the requirements for architects designing buildings for the technopolis include the incorporation of rainwater harvesting and utilization, as well as solar power use in the designs. In addition, construction at the Technopolis must use green building materials.

The Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) CEO, John Kabuye commended Konza for adopting green building practices in its urban sustainability agenda.

“I commend the Konza Technopolis for working closely with the Kenya Green Building Society to be able to transform the green built environment at a city scale. I encourage Konza to embrace sustainability and green buildings as well as green communities by greening the city and making sure that they don’t lower the standards as far as sustainability is concerned,” he said.

The case for green building investments has improved over the past few years as more data became available.

In a recent analysis measuring the profitability of green versus traditional buildings, the International Finance Corporation Found (IFC) found that green buildings offer a marginal increase in Net Operating Income over the long-term.

While building green could range from savings of 0.5 percent to 12 percent in additional costs, green buildings can also decrease operational costs by up to 37 percent, achieve higher sale premiums of up to 31 percent and faster sale times, have up to 23 percent higher occupancy rates and have higher rental income of up to 8 percent.

The study found that Green buildings present USD 768 billion opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.

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