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According to UN-Habitat “energy used in buildings accounts for a significant percentage of national energy consumption. What is more is that over 50 per cent of the total energy generated in developing countries is used in urban buildings alone, consuming more energy than the transport or the industrial sectors. The building sector accounts for 38 per cent of greenhouse gas emission worldwide, contributing significantly to climate change.”

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Nairobi, 8 September 2014: Architecture students from Kenya received comments on their latest designs from a technical team at UN-Habitat.

In the first of three parallel comprehensive design and construction studio courses in Nairobi, Kigali and Kampala, third year students of architecture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) presented their first cycle of studio course design work and received input from the guest critics of representatives of partner institutions.

Electricity demand in housing in Uganda is rapidly growing and today the supply capacity is continually failing to keep up with this demand. Prices of electricity are also continually rising tremendously with continuous inefficiency in energy use. Sustainable Development and economic growth is thus very slow in the country. Furthermore, the concept of energy efficiency remains vague not only to architects, engineers and other practitioners but also the general public.

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