“Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings in East Africa” is a 48 month project implemented by UN-Habitat in collaboration with UNEP and the five East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania). The project’s main objective is to improve energy efficiency, energy saving and conservation measures in buildings in the members countries of the East African Community. The project concept was approved by GEF in 2009 and a funding was provided for project preparation. The full size project was approved in May 2011 by the GEF CEO for funding.

The aim of the project is to mainstream energy efficiency (EE) measures into housing policies, building codes and building practices in East Africa and to achieve considerable avoidance of GHG emissions as a result of improved building practice. Subsequently, it will be possible to use the existing generated electricity more efficiently and thus to expand the electricity supply to satisfy the increasing demand by both residential and economic productive activities of the partner countries.

In order to promote energy efficiency, the project has developed 5 components:

  1. Establishment of energy efficiency data and benchmarks in the building sector;
  2. Formulation and adoption of provisions for energy efficiency in building codes and regulations;
  3. Awareness raising and capacity building in EE and best practices in the building sector;
  4. Appropriate financial framework for the implementation of EE measures in buildings;
  5. Development and implementation of pilot projects.

This project plans to realize the following Expected Outcomes:

  • Energy Consumption trends in the building sector in East Africa established.
  • Performance based energy consumption benchmarks for buildings established.
  • Energy Efficiency potential in the building sector in East Africa estimated.
  • Methodology and process for collection of climatic data in each participating country regarding specific requirements for EEB, RET and bioclimatic design improved.
  • Principles of EEB integrated in country specific building codes.
  • Toolkits and guidelines developed for the application of EEB.
  • Capacities of building code administration staff strengthened.
  • Awareness raising campaign conducted.
  • Technical training and capacity built for practitioners in EEB.
  • East African Green Buildings Award established.
  • Awareness of opportunities and benefits of EE finance in buildings, by the top-level management in the finance community in East Africa, created.
  • Capacity of the local finance community in each participating country reinforced.
  • Capacity of the private sector at national level regarding estimating investment requirements and risks of EEB finance reinforced.
  • Pilot financial mechanisms in the main partner countries, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are established.
  • Demonstration projects designed.
  • Demonstration projects implemented.

Find links to our project partners:

  1. Global Environmental Facility – http://www.thegef.org/
  2. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - http://unep.org/
  3. Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Kenya – http://www.ardhi.go.ke/
  4. Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Uganda – http://www.mlhud.go.ug/
  5. Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement, Tanzania – http://www.ardhi.go.tz/
  6. Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda – http://www.mininfra.gov.rw/
  7. Ministry of Water, Environment, Land and Urban Planning (Burundi) 

Find links to our collaborative partners:

  1. Kenya Association of Manufacturers - http://www.kam.co.ke/
  2. Kenya Property Development Association- http://www.kpda.or.ke/
  3. National Housing Corporation, Tanzania- http://www.nhctz.com/
  4. Rwanda Housing Association- http://www.rha.gov.rw/
  5. Kigali City Construction, One Stop Center, Rwanda - http://www.kigalicity.gov.rw/
  6. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/
  7. Technical University of Mombasa – http://www.tum.ac.ke/
  8. University of Eldoret – http://www.uoeld.ac.ke/
  9. Uganda Matyrs University – http://www.umu.ac.ug/
  10. Ardhi University – http://www.aru.ac.tz/
  11. University of Rwanda - http://www.ur.ac.rw/

Team Members:

Vincent Kitio – Technical Advisor and Chief, Urban Energy Unit

Giulia D’Angiolini – Regional Project Manager

Ruth Maina – Project Officer, Kenya

Goodman Conrad Kazoora – Project Officer, Uganda

Bahati Zongo – Project Officer. Tanzania

Yves Sangwa – Project Officer, Rwanda

Fidèle Habonimana – Project Officer, Burundi