From Stakeholders to Architects: Designing Buildings Resilient to Climate Change

Stakeholders called on architects to design buildings that will reduce the effects of climate change on Nigerians.
Stakeholders including the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), Professor Mansur Matazu, who spoke at the 2022 Association of Consulting Architects of Nigeria (ACAN) Symposium and Business Forum held recently in Lagos.
In his speech delivered virtually, Matazu explained that climate change was an existential threat to humanity globally and its effects were already evident in Nigeria, ranging from increased temperature to increased weather variability. precipitation, sea level rise, floods, drought and desertification.

The theme of the event was: “Redesigning buildings for climate change.

He said: “The slogan of modern architecture should be ‘Design for climate change’ because climate change would make most beautiful buildings waste and uninhabitable in the future. Nighttime temperatures previously known to be minimal are becoming high, making sleep difficult and uncomfortable in most homes.”

According to him, construction operations are responsible for 27% of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and the potential of the construction sector as an effective agent in reducing GHG emissions is significant.

Matazu said the 2021 UNEP and Global Situation Report found that 27% of construction operations, 10% of building materials and construction and 10% of other construction industry activities contributed to emissions. annual global carbon dioxide emissions.

He noted that buildings have relatively longer lifespans and that measures taken to reduce the carbon footprint from design to construction would have the desired effect.

The professor said that for climate-resilient buildings, the number of hours of use of air conditioners and light bulbs should be reduced through the use of natural daylight during the day.

Also speaking, Managing Director, Watersmith Petroman Oil Ltd., Engr. Chikezie Nwosu, said architects should work towards designing buildings with less or zero carbon emissions by considering the manufacturing process and certification of materials for buildings.

He called for a partnership between the energy and construction industries to ensure that sustainable and renewable energy is delivered to buildings.

“While the energy sector ensures that sustainable and renewable energy is supplied to buildings, architects must ensure that building designs comply with energy efficiency and conservative guidelines,” he said. -he declares.

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