Ghana will host a four-day international seminar on sustainable development from August 29 as part of preparatory works towards the construction of West Africa’s first all-green and sustainable residential community known as Granhill Community Project.
Described as a regional response to the global search for sustainable housing delivery and Ghana’s efforts towards the Global Strategy for Shelter, the seminar will bring together world experts and collaborators in green development and planning.
A statement signed by Mr Andrew Clocanas, the Executive Chairman of Global Green Built-Ghana, said the development would be led by Global Green Built Ghana, a leader in Insulating Concrete Form production.
Under the project, at least 3,000 high quality, cost effective and energy efficient turnkey housing units would be built and more homes would be incorporated at later stages. The initial 898-acre development will be located on the Tema/Prampram road.
The statement said the project will focus on carbon reduction through internal circulation systems, water management and renewal systems, solar powered amenities and energy efficient power generation technology aimed at ensuring low maintenance and self sustaining structures.
The community will be designed to lower long-term expenditure and to lessen its impact on the environment by incorporating interconnected self sustaining neighbourhoods.
These neighbourhoods will consist of residential and commercial units, a light industrial park, multiple communal facilities and outdoor green spaces.Granhill seeks to be a replicable model for sustainable development as it will incorporate educational and occupational establishments such as community learning centres and local employment offerings to promote and strengthen community identity.
Organisations that will attend the Accra seminar include Green Development Project of the Year winner Ramsey Worden Architects of Canada, DecRen Water Consultants from Germany, experts in decentralized/renewable water and energy management systems and Construtora OAS, one of Brazil’s largest and most experienced construction companies.
Source: Ghana News Agency