The Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) has hinted of plans to spearhead a project aimed at shifting from the traditional building designs to what they term “Green building” technology in Ghana.
Green Building technology pays attention to the use of renewable energy such as solar, re-use and recycling products such as plastics among other environmentally friendly materials needed for building and architecture.
The move has become imperative due to climate change and its negative impact on society.
According to Dr. Emmanuel Bamfo-Agyei, the Head of the Department of Building Technology at CCTU, the project aims to educate Ghanaians on the need to use energy-efficient materials in their buildings.
He explained that buildings are designed such that “we rely heavily on artificial materials which are not good for the total well-being of individuals”.
“When we start implementing energy-efficient buildings, we will reduce the cost of our energy consumption by fifty percent. When it comes to water, we need to have a rainwater harvesting technology so that we can use it in diverse ways”.
Dr Bamfo Agyei further indicated that the Department of Building Technology at the CCTU, is the only one in Ghana that has developed a specialised programme in Green Building Technology called B-TECH in Green Building Technology to enhance students knowledge on the project.
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