19 Jun 2022
The project is a joint venture between the University of Rwanda and MASS Design Group, and Ove Arup (UK) and; is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The built environment accounts for approximately 40% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and in the coming decades the majority of construction will occur in Africa. If the current design philosophy is not altered, Africa may become the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the future.
This project is needed to provide built environment professionals the tools and knowledge to make climate smart decisions. The project is focussed on measuring and reducing embodied carbon emissions and will complement work being performed in Rwanda, mainly the Green Building Minimum Compliance System, which focuses on reducing operational resources.
The primary output is a Guidance and Toolkit package, which will enable built environment professionals to measure and reduce embodied carbon emissions. In addition, training based on a co-developed curriculum, will be provided to industry to ensure the Guidance and Toolkit is successfully diffused into everyday practice.
It is worth noting that of the 11 benchmarked projects in Rwanda, two projects of the University of Rwanda are featured. The School of Architecture and Built Environment and School of Mining and Geology. The final report, toolkit and user guides will be published soon for public consumption.
Aerial view of the School of Architecture and Built Environment: Photo by Jules Toulet
The School of Mining and Geology under construction: Photo by Alex Ndibwami