JENGA Project

JENGA aims at academic capacity building and knowledge transfer for energy access and efficiency and low-carbon technologies in the field of sustainable housing, addressing the fact that the building sector accounts for 40% of global energy consumption and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions.

By introducing the method of problem-based learning supported through the implementation of 3 major, practice-oriented design-build courses in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda into existing curricula of architecture schools, tight links are established not only between contents and method of teaching, but also between the participating institutions themselves. This will culminate in the creation of a regional network of excellence for thinking, teaching, researching and producing energy-efficient housing.

The major issue of JENGA is be to mitigate effects of the building sector on climate change as well as to contribute to improved access to affordable, clean and sustainable energy and help to increase energy security. By addressing the building sector with its exceptional potential to mitigate the environmental impacts of energy and resource consumption, JENGA will reach out to achieve sustainable development (MDG 7).

To ensure that the issue of energy efficiency in buildings can be addressed at policy maker level and in higher education, JENGA is linked to the joint UN Habitat/UNEP project EEBEA to promote energy efficiency in the East African building sector, thus facilitating a constant interaction between a growing academic knowledge base and the implementation level.


Action plan of JENGA for capacity building in energy-efficient sustainable technologies

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