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Title: Action for sustainability: preparing an African plan for sustainable building and construction
Authors: Du Plessis, C
Keywords: Capacity building
Information transfer
Public policy
Regional development
Sustainability
Sustainable building
Sustainable development
Issue Date: Sep-2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Du Plessis, C. 2005. Action for sustainability: preparing an African plan for sustainable building and construction. Building Research & Information, Vol. 33(5), pp 1-11
Abstract: Sustainable development, and by extension sustainable building, is an evolving concept that relies for its implementation on the development of regional and local approaches and solutions. There is, in particular, a split between the definitions, approaches and priorities in developed and developing countries. Subsequently, a process for creating an international agenda for sustainable building is needed to recognize these regional and local differences. Part of this process is the development of regional action plans for sustainable building and construction at a number of regional sustainable building conferences. The key elements of an action plan for Africa, based on a discussion session at the SB04 Africa Conference, are considered and placed within the African context and the larger international issues. The key issue is the establishment of a solid knowledge foundation for Africa that will equip the public, professionals, development agencies and governments with accurate and relevant knowledge generated within the framework of the continent's social needs, its cultures and its biophysical environment to guide their decisions and actions towards establishing a sustainable built environment
Description: Copyright: 2005 Taylor & Francis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3106
ISSN: 0961-3218
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