GGBS 2020 - Virtual
The Summit was created in 2017 to evaluate Ghana’s Green Building needs and tailor local solutions in design, finance and policy. There have been two immensely successful previous editions that created public awareness and attracted key stakeholders including ministers of state, policy makers, international development agencies, and industry experts and professionals associations.
Why a virtual summit?
We were pleased to be able to host the 3rd Ghana Green Building Summit even though it was adapted into a virtual summit, taking place online only. This alternative to a large public gathering was necessitated to observe safety protocols in place to fight against the global pandemic, COVID-19.
Whilst we value relationships and networking in person, we also believed that this situation presented an opportunity to explore other points of engagement, for the present and future.
What were the themes?
The COVID-19 pandemic has given an opportunity to reflect and reassess our living and work spaces and
whilst green building has always had a wellness angle, its significance especially this year cannot be
overemphasized. The main theme was:
BEYOND COVID -19 – Is a pandemic proof architecture a reality?
This theme contained sub themes of – Design, Certification, Finance, and Sustainable Cities.
held in Accra
Yecham Property Consult in conjunction with the IFC –EDGE Program hosted the second edition of the Ghana Green Building Summit on 13th June, 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel, Accra, Ghana. The Summit gathered 155 stakeholders to discuss challenges and opportunities within the green building space.
This year’s Summit, organised with the aim of evaluating Ghana’s green building needs in order to fashion local solutions in design, finance and policy, was opened by founder and Executive Director of Yecham Property Consult, Cyril Nii Ayitey Tetteh. He reminded delegates of the benefits of building to achieve energy and resource efficiency while having minimum impact on the environment. He noted that worldwide buildings alone on the average account for 40% of global energy usage. He thus implored delegates to view green building as a “must have” rather than a “nice to have”.
The keynote address was delivered by the Minister of Works and Housing, Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea who charged some of the relevant professional bodies to ensure extensive training and adoption of green building principles and technology by their members. He also intimated that government was willing to support green building projects with land and resources. He was among eight other speakers and eight panellists who made presentations and discussed alternative material use, rating and certification, green finance and creation of sustainable smart cities.
Major Summit Partner, International Finance Corporation (IFC), also made an extensive presentation of their EDGE Program. Program lead in Ghana, Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah introduced EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) to delegates in an extensive presentation which was supported by SGS, a verification and certification partner.
EDGE, an innovative assessment tool, assesses viability of a green building project at the early design stage. EDGE offers options that lead to an ideal set of technical solutions that reduce energy and water consumption by calculating upfront costs and potential operational savings.
At the end of the Summit, stakeholders reiterated the need to obtain commitment from green finance organizations to provide access to qualified Ghanaian suppliers and developers who adopt green built methods as well as cooperation agreement from governmental, non-governmental agencies to provide incentives to promote green buildings and sustainable and resilient cities.
Images from the 2019 edition of the Ghana Green Building Summit.
held in Accra
The summit convened a total of 134 key stakeholders from the Ministry of Works and Housing, GREDA, Ghana Green Building Council, representatives from Ministry of Business Development Ghana Institute of Architects, Ghana Institute of Planners, International Finance Corporation, IMANI Ghana, University of Ghana Real Estate Club, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan, real estate developers, real estate material suppliers, construction companies, private architects and engineers.
Key areas of discussion included Need for green buildings; Barriers and challenges in green built environment and policy recommendations; Efforts at promotion of green buildings in Ghana and support required; Opportunities and challenges in green design; Role and efforts of the Ministry of Works and Housing in promoting green buildings; Green Certification by International Finance Corporation (IFC) & SGS.