Talk Program on Green Building Design

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14 August, 2014, Dr. Vincent Kitio, Chief, Urban Energy Branch of UN-Habitat, Nairobi gave a talk on Green Building Design here in Kathmandu on 14 Aug, 2014. Hosted jointly by UN-Habitat and Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC), the programme was participated by senior government officials, European Union representative, professors and students from academia, professionals, and media reports. The programme started with the opening remarks from Mr. Sunil Karna, Deputy Director General of DUDBC and Mr. Padma Sunder Joshi of UN-Habitat. Dr. Kitio started with the global urbanization trend, energy crisis and the importance of green building and green cities. He explained the key elements to design green buildings & strategies and methodologies to conceive green future that does not limit to energy but need to incorporate efficient management of resources. Dr. Kitio advocated UN-Habitat's agenda of planning compact and mixed cities which intend to control sprawl and use vertical space efficiently thereby bringing energy and resource efficiency. Such cities must be planned with due climatic consideration and provide plenty of public spaces, and further be laid out to include residential, commercial and industrial areas within the same neighborhood to the extent possible. Dr. Kitio also talked about resource efficiency strategies and integrated building design for energy efficiency where such integrated building design starts with the minimization of energy needs with appropriate architectural design with the incorporation of energy efficient appliances culminating in the increased use of re newable energy. Mr. Bhushan Tuladhar from UN-Habitat made vote of thanks for this highly informative presentation of Dr. Kitio and the participants for their interest and queries on the subject. UN-Habitat is implementing Green Homes Project in Nepal in partnership with European Union, Government of Nepal, municipalities and local NGOs Presentation from Dr. Vincent Kitio, Chief, Urban Energy Branch of UN-Habitat, Nairobi