Green Africa Building Standards and Certification


Buildings have extensive direct and indirect impact on the environment and occupants. This fact has prompted the creation of Green Africa Building Standards, Certification and Rating Systems aimed at mitigating the impact of buildings on occupants and the natural environment.

A Green Building

A Green Building is one designed to save water use, energy efficiency, and utilisation of material resources in the construction and maintenance of the building.

Green Building Certification

All buildings that shall adhere to the requirements specified in this standard shall be eligible for green building certification with the classification categories of bronze, silver, gold, platinum, or diamond. Buildings must meet the mandatory/ regulatory requirement prior to certification.

Green Building Standards

An application and certification tool that prescribes the categories, characteristics and rating system used to award a “Green Mark” certificate to all types and sizes of buildings which standards specify categories, characteristics and rating systems and classifications for use in all types of buildings. The overall purpose of this standard is to provide guidelines for infrastructure, renovation and new facilities to respect green best practices.

Green Africa Standards and Certification Experts

The development of Green Africa Building Standards and Certification process is overseen by a pool of experts in building, construction, environmental, occupational health and legal practice drawn from the public, private, academia and civic sectors. The following are some of the organisations represented in the Green Africa Building Standards Certification Board and Technical Committee:-

  • Kenya Bureau of Standards
  • Architectural Association of Kenya
  • Institution of Engineers of Kenya
  • Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources
  • Ministry of Public Works
  • Ministry of Housing
  • Nairobi City Council
  • Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute
  • Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Ministry of Roads

Characteristics/ Categories covered by the Green Africa Building Standards:-


  • Sustainable Sites and Development
  • Water Conservation and Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Material and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Air Quality
  • Innovation
  • Operation and Maintenance

Why Green Buildings?


  • Constructing and operating buildings can take a terrible toll on the environment.
  • The energy consumed in manufacturing and transporting building materials, constructing homes and offices, and heating and cooling built structures constitute a huge part of energy use.
  • Thoughtful design and construction can minimise the impact of buildings on its occupants and the environment.
  • Green buildings can reduce energy and water consumption by up to 70%. They can also cut land use by 25%.