Kigali, Rwanda – On 22nd January 2020, GGGI with Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) conducted a capacity building on the Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System and excel-based green building minimum compliance templates for the Institution of Engineers Rwanda (IER) at the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Workshop. The workshop was organized by IER in partnership with the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) with 50 engineers representing public and the private sector. The capacity building is in line with the implementation plan of the roll out for the Green Building Minimum Compliance System by RHA supported by GGGI and partners.
Day 1 of the CPD focused on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in buildings and was led by trainers from MASS Design Group Kigali office while Day 2 focused on the Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System led by trainers from GGGI and RHA.
In 2008, IER started as a as learned society of engineering professions with an aim to promote and develop engineering services and best practices for sustainable development in Rwanda. The institution was formally established in 2012 with a supporting legal framework and is regulated by the RHA.
During the workshop, the participants gained practical knowledge on the impact of the building sector on climate change ; the need for green buildings in Rwanda ;the various components of the Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance ; its applicability; the intent ;requirements and scoring scheme of the 29 green building indicators and obtained hands-on experience on how to use the excel-based templates to demonstrate compliance with the system.
Participants expanded more on the green building indicators and its applicability, design and construction strategies to implement in the Rwandan context and explored the working modalities and advantages of the excel-based templates in meeting the minimum compliance system.
Having expressed their gratitude to RHA and partners for initiating the implementation of the minimum compliance system and templates , participants expressed confidence of the systems catalytic result in reducing emissions, promoting green practices in Rwanda’s building and construction sector.
During the training participants requested RHA and partners to conduct more CPD workshops to ensure that all building design and construction professionals are well trained and equipped with the skills and tools to meet the requirements of the minimum compliance system.
Going forward, RHA aims to continue building the capacity of Rwanda’s construction industry stakeholders on the green building minimum compliance system through a nationwide dissemination program. GGGI aims to continue supporting partner RHA in the implementation of the green building minimum compliance system by providing technical support to the green building training programs including dissemination of minimum compliance excel-based templates developed by GGGI.
To access Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System, please follow the link: https://gggi.org/report/rwanda-green-building-minimum-compliance-system/