Lemigo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda and online

The future of Africa’s built environment is circular construction

Circularity in the built environment is critical to make Africa’s cities more liveable and achieve climate goals. This interactive session will focus on circular construction, including low-carbon materials and circular concepts in dense urban environments.

It is crucial to urgently make the construction sector future proof by applying circular approaches, based on local drivers, to build mid-rise buildings suitable for rapidly urbanising Africa. We need to move quicker and at larger scale.

To reach to this goal, the One Planet Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme has issued a study on Africa, collected case studies from eight African countries and begun a pilot project in Rwanda.

This session will share and discuss good practices in circular construction to a broader audience. It will define and discuss development gaps and discuss the lessons learned. It will also put three businesses in the hotseat to identify challenges and solutions. The beauty of the hotseat approach is that it generates a wealth of ideas very quickly, and sparks new forms of collaboration.

Programme page and registration:  The future of Africa’s built environment by accelerating circularity in the construction sector and building materials – a WCEF2022 Accelerator Session – Green Building Council Finland (figbc.fi)

Organisers: VITO/EnergyVille, ENABEL Rwanda, One Planet Network – Sustainable Buildings and Construction Program and Footprints Africa