STRATEGIES FOR ACHIEVING SUSTAINABILITY IN THE NIGERIAN BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Sustainable development has been in the forefront of debates because of the far reaching effect of climate change on this earth. This is principally due to the activities of industries that pollute the atmosphere and use up non-renewable resources to fuel our growth and development. As a consequence of this, it has become necessary for all major consumers of resources including the building industry to adopt sustainable development measures as a way of prudently using our scarce resources. Nigeria does not have a sustainable development action plan that encapsulates strategies for attaining sustainability in the built environment. This is an attempt at proposing some strategies of achieving sustainable building design and construction focusing on the principles of sustainable design and construction and the technologies for their achievement. These strategies revolve round the five principles of Sustainable Site Design; Water Conservation and Quality; Energy and Environment; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Conservation of Materials and Resources.
|Keywords: Sustainability, Buildings, Climate Change, Environment, Energy|
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