UKGBCUnited Kingdom Green Building Council
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I am delighted to co-host the first UKGBC Regional Forum alongside the Mayor of Kumasi.
A communique issued at the end of the meeting, and jointly signed by the British Envoy and the Kumasi Mayor, said the Kumasi meeting was based on the importance both the UK and Ghana governments attach to regional perspectives from around Ghana, including the Ashanti Region, to feed into the work of the wider UKGBC.
John Alker, from UKGBC, said the Government's target for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016 is changing attitudes in the construction industry and living walls could become commonplace.
The UKGBC task group recommended ten ways to encourage and enhance biodiversity in the built environment, but the danger is that developers include a green feature and then no longer try to be sustainable.
The overarching goal of the UKGBC is to match as closely as possible Ghanas needs with UK expertise, financing and private sector support.
The recommendations have so far been supported by a number of companies, industry organisations and influencers including: Aldersgate, ArcelorMittal, Ashfords, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Clean Energy BC, Costain, EIC, IEMA, Madaster, Morgan Sindall, Osborne, Tarmac, Tata Steel, UKGBC and the University of Leeds.
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has been charged with determining what a Code for Sustainable Buildings (that is, for non-domestic properties) might involve, and it seems to have 11 years to come to a conclusion, which it will do, hopefully, well ahead of schedule.