GBCNA was established by the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) in 2012 as an extension of the national sustainable development activities advocated by the Ministry of Mines, the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Fund.
The Council’s overarching goal is to promote the construction of cities that are environmentally sensitive, economically viable and socially just. Furthermore, through workshops and meetings, GBCNA provides a framework for organisations to contribute to the promotion of all aspects of green building.
Becoming a part of GBCNA gives members a competitive advantage as it demonstrates commitment to sustainability. Receiving the Certificate, the NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, pledged the Institution’s commitment to sustainability. “We have taken measures to ensure that we save energy in every way possible. We have gone back to basics by practicing energy saving measures such as opening windows for air flow, instead of utilising air-conditioning, as well as opening curtains to utilise natural light, to utilise natural light instead of switching on lights,” Tjivikua remarked.
Recently, an initiative to encourage staff and students to join the University in its commitment to sustainability was introduced by means of a pledge.
Hundreds of employees have heeded the call by signing the online document and promising to, amongst others, reduce procurement costs and implement innovative ways to contribute to the Institution’s Sustainability Strategy.
The GBCNA Chairperson, Frederick Muketi, highlighted that by 2020, the Council aims to train more than 1 000 professionals in green building principles and practices.