Green Building is a Necessity

9 years, 1 month ago - March 19, 2012
Question of funding and vital issues: The survival of living species and our legacy to future generations.

In addressing the various challenges and opportunities of green building, the Mauritius Eco Building Conference & Exhibition 2012, held last weekend at the Swami Vivekananda International Conference Centre, Straws, poses serious challenges to our model economic development and urbanization and the development of our island.

Llewellyn van Wyk of South Africa, showed that significant temperature increases were recorded from the industrial revolution and that the disappearance of living species is accelerating to the point where, by extrapolation, we only have few decades before all species disappear from the face of the earth if nothing is done.

Daniel Hajar, with HOK in the UAE, for its part, demonstrated a fine example of the development of a city turned to its local heritage, in this case an estuary, while preserving biodiversity in the region. Providing well for green products and services essential to life with the tool designed by the Contractor, the Fully Integrated Thinking (FIT) in urban design.

Nature is the way. The presentation of Tony Lee, president and founder of the Green Building Council of Mauritius, on the 'biophilia' and bio-mimicry, meanwhile, presented numerous examples of advances in technology made from lessons learned from nature. This was confirmed by the presentation of his model with Sanju Deenapanray replicating the ecosystem in which we live by simple strategies applied to the construction.Built his house in the South Island is an initiative that can be cited for green building in that it is energy efficiency, water use, recycling and conservation biodiversity. 

We can only hope that the project of lord mayor of Port-Louis, Mahmad Kodabaccus, to make the capital a city using 100% renewable energy in less than a decade with a wide pedestrian area, only is not a utopia. More importantly, the project has enough MID radically change the practices of planning and construction. Similarly for the next economic development programs of our government.

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