Kenya - The Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) recently signed a licence agreement with the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The agreement will allow the KGBS to use the Green Star rating system and trademark in Kenya for certification of green buildings, and to train and accredit professionals using Green Star material.
Speaking in Nairobi at the signing of the agreement, and during the Africa Green Building Summit that ran from 22 - 24 March 2017, and was organised by the KGBS, Elizabeth Wangeci Chege, the chairperson of the KGBS, said the society was excited to have signed the Green Star licence agreement. “It allows us to drive the green building industry in Kenya through internationally recognised best practice green building tools and education courses. As the latest National Building Code is yet to be ratified, contextualisation of the Green Star Rating Tools for Kenya empowers the industry to radically transform the way buildings are designed, constructed and operated in Kenya.”
At the same occasion, Kenya also achieved its first Green Star certification for the Garden City Village Phase 1 residential project, with over 400 apartments in Nairobi. The project received a 4 Star Green Star SA-Kenya – Multi Unit Residential v1 rating.
In her remarks, GBCSA CEO, Dorah Modise, said, “The GBCSA has been certifying green buildings across the continent outside of South Africa since 2013, with Green Star buildings in Ghana, Rwanda, Namibia and now Kenya, but this license agreement will empower the local Kenya GBS to drive green building certification and education themselves, with support from the GBCSA where needed.”
The Green Star rating tool was originally developed by the Green Building Council Australia, and was licensed to GBCSA in 2008 for use in Africa. Green Star has been extensively adapted for the local African climatic and economic context, which makes it the rating tool of choice for property owners in the African context. To date the GBCSA has issued 239 certifications for Green Star projects, with approximately 95% of these having been in South Africa.