||The demand for buildings in Africa continues to grow, with 80°/o of those that will exist in 2050 on the continent yet to be built.
This was one of the key takeaways from a presentation - The Africa Manifesto for Sustainable Cities & the Built Environment - at the Green Building Convention 2023 in Cape Town this week.
By 2050, Africa will be home to 1.1 billion more people than it is today. Thats nearly 75% of the worlds projected population growth of 1.5 billion more people.
The World Green Building Council Africa Regional Networks Zelda Kerubo (Africa Coordinator, Advancing Net-Zero) said this means a huge demand for buildings.
The Africa Manifesto for Sustainable Cities & the Built Environment has been developed by a coalition of Green Building Councils (GBCs) across Africa.
The World Green Building Council Africa Regional Network represents member GBCs from 15 countries across the continent representing a population of 700 million people,
The council said that achieving these goals requires policymakers and business leaders across the continent to recognise the untapped potential of the built environment.
"But this can only be realised with the implementation of policies that support transformative action, through deep collaboration between governments and the cities, regions, businesses and investors."