Dodo Yakubu Aminu1,*, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Zin Kandar2, Dr. Dilshan Remaz Ossen3
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DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE FACULTY OF BUILT ENVIRONMENT UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA JOHOR – BAHRU, SKUDAI MALAYSIA
[WEST AFRICA BUILT ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH (WABER) CONFERENCE, July 27-28, 2010, Accra, Ghana]
Global issues in the field of environment and energy is one of the problems which poses serious threats to the world today, the present situation of (EE) Energy Efficiency in Nigeria with regards to the policies and the concern of the environment and development in the third world, which has become the rhetoric of developmental studies, the 21th century, calls for a lot of challenges in sustainable Development. With the rate of climate change on the rise and building industry being one of the major contributor to the depletion of the Ozone layer, emitting about 35% of CO2 into the atmosphere and responsible for 40% of the world’s total energy, there is need for stake holders to act now. The paper is focusing on the need to create an awareness of the new paradigm shift in building industry on the issue of sustainability where green technology is the new idea that’s applied to design and construction of buildings. A Review of the World Green Building (WGB) movement was carry out with the positive impacts on building designers and buildings to a new paradigm and dimension, as well as the Malaysia programmed on RE (renewable Energy) and EE (Energy Efficiency) which started in 2000, with LEO (Low Energy Office) building demonstration, to the establishment of the GBIM (Green Building Index Malaysia) in 2009 were compare with the present situation of Energy utilization and conservation in Nigeria. Although there has being campaign on the issue of global warming and climate change with Nigeria’s adaptation strategy, which is necessarily mainstreamed into its developmental policies and the Vision 20:2020, but the frame work for local action in terms of policies that would move for the establishment of a green building index for the building industry in Nigeria as well as ministry for green technology is not in place. Energy is needed for man’s continuation of his daily activities, but this energy need to be managed so that it can serve us and the future generation. The proponents of climate change argue that affordable energy –in the form that is currently available – is also the cause of climate change, this call for awareness and seeking for knowledgeable solution to the issue of sustainable development in which the Green -shift in the building industry is part of the solution to the issue of sustainability.
Keywords: Awareness, Climate-change, Energy-Efficiency, Sustainability, Green-buildings.