Green Building Codes for Sustainable Construction

by M. Wasim
Green Building Codes for Sustainable Construction

An important workshop, titled ‘Implementation opportunities and gaps for the development of green building code for Pakistan’ organized at a local hotel in Islamabad. It is one of the genuinely-meaningful gathering at state level where deliberations were held at length asking for the roadmap for implementation opportunities and gaps for the development of green building code for Pakistan. 

The event was organized by the Climate Change ministry in support with the EU Programme, UN Environment Programme and UN-Habitat. The participants included professionals and stakeholders from academia, national regulatory bodies of engineering, architecture and town planning, builders and developers and civil society organisations.

Initiative of Climate Change Ministry

“The Ministry of Climate Change is presently working with various relevant stakeholders on the development of the green building code for promoting concept of the green building construction activities. This will help reduce carbon footprints and environmental degradation of new construction activities at all levels”, says Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam while speaking in the event.

He also said that efforts had been made to introduce green building structures in the country which would be highly energy-efficient, climate-resilient and help reduce or eliminate negative impacts on climate and natural environment.

Green Development & NPHP

Malik Amin Aslam asks “Experts should draw up the roadmap for the development of a green building code, which takes into consideration our ecological diversity, extreme weather events and is resilient to climate change impacts triggered by increasing frequency and intensity of temperature and rainfall.” He also hoped that adoption of green building practices in Pakistan at all type of construction activities would make building structures and processes environmentally-responsible and resources-efficient throughout the building’s life cycle.

The realisation of green building code, which also would be mainstreamed into the Prime Minister’s five million Naya Pakistan Housing programme, would be crucial in creating a market demand and uptake of green building techniques and practices in the country. More importantly construction of green buildings would also support in achieving certain benefits, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.


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