Architects come to Nairobi to learn how to Harvest Energy from the Sky

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Architects come to Nairobi to learn how to Harvest Energy from the Sky

With 6,000 square metres of solar panels, energy saving lighting, natural ventilation systems and other green features, the headquarters of both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi Kenya may well be a first Office in sub-Saharan Africa.

The office is designed to generate as much electricity as its 1,200 occupants consume. So the design and construction of new buildings – and the refitting of existing ones – represents one of the key, low cost ways of combating climate change while reducing electricity bills and dependence on fossil fuels.

Architects-UNEP4With such impressive efficiency, architects from all over Africa are visiting UN Office at Nairobi to learn how they can design energy neutral buildings in their countries. This week the Visitors’ Service in Nairobi hosted seven Zambia architects, on mission to see and learn from this phenomenal architecture in the UN complex.

This new office building is the result of a committed partnership between the United Nations Office at Nairobi, UN-HABITAT, UNEP, local architects and contractors, and international technology firms.

More information click: UNEP Building for the Future

Get more photos Click : Architectural Tour to UNON New Office Facility

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