Kenya is planning to introduce tax incentives in a move to encourage the construction of green buildings by developers.
The change is spearheaded by the National Construction Authority (NCA) which is charged with overseeing construction in the country.
NCA executive director Maurice Aketch revealed the initiative during the just concluded Kenya-Turkey seminar that Kenya is keen to cut greenhouse emissions from the construction industry.
“We want to roll out tax incentives so that all those involved in the construction of buildings, roads and dams also promote environmental conservation,” Aketch told said during the event.
The two-day Kenya-Turkey seminar brought together 16 Turkish companies to showcase the latest technology in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration sectors.
Akech said the time was right for Kenya to adopt green building standards more widely owing to the expanding construction sector. The country has huge deficits in housing as well as infrastructure.
The initiative also encourages players in the construction industry to come up with innovative ways for embracing the recycling of materials to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.
Akech said construction materials should be sourced locally as much as possible to reduce emissions caused by the transportation of commodities. The law requires foreign contractors handling local projects to source at least 40 percent of all materials locally.