Green Building Council Finland

The future of Africa’s built environment is circular construction – a WCEF2022 Accelerator Session

8.12.2022 | 9.00–17.30




 

 

The future of Africa’s built environment is circular construction

Circularity in the built environment and construction sector is critical to making Africa’s cities more liveable and achieving climate goals. In this interactive accelerator session, we will focus on circular businesses in the construction sector, circular concepts for dense urban construction using low carbon materials combined with local circular building materials and concepts, and zoom into exemplary projects and companies.

The hybrid full day WCEF Accelerator session 8 December will start at 09 AM at Lemigo Hotel (KG 624 St, Kigali, Rwanda).

The event is organized by VITO/EnergyVille, ENABEL Rwanda (with support of NIRDA/CPCIC/Rwanda Ministry of Environment MoE), One Planet SBC Programme, Green Building Council Finland, Footprints Africa and Fetola.

 

Registration

Register to the event here.

 

Agenda

See detailed agenda below or download it here. All times in CAT.

 

Keynote speakers

Carolin Spirinckx is project manager and activity leader market in the team working on Sustainable Built Environment in the unit Smart Energy and Built Environment of VITO and EnergyVille. Read full bio.

Michiel Ritzen is project manager and senior expert circularity in the built environment in the team working on Sustainable Built Environment in the unit Smart Energy and Built Environment of VITO and EnergyVille. Read full bio.

Jeremy Gibberd is an Architect and Researcher who has been involved in a wide range of sustainability projects in Africa. Read full bio.

Joeri Beneens has gained a broad and deep knowledge of construction during his career. His company mainly makes total projects where they can carry out almost all aspects in-house. Read full bio.

Lamy Subira is a Senior Architect in the MASS Kigali Studio, working in Advancement and Business Development capacity leading clients through the early stages of defining the project parameters, establishing impact metrics and the pre-design stages of work. Read full bio

Noella Nibakuze joined MASS in 2017 and is a Design director working on architectural design, construction administration, building technology, and sustainability. Read full bio.

Ephrem Ndayisaba is the Regional Manager for Quality Management in Construction at Earth Enable Rwanda. Read full bio.

 

The afternoon session features a hotseat session

Circularity in the built environment is critical to making Africa’s cities more liveable and achieving climate goals. Like with so many areas, we need to move quicker and at scale. But how can we do this in a dynamic, practical way?

This is where this hotseat session will come in. We will take three African circular businesses working in architecture and the built environment. We will identify their hardest challenges and put them to the wisdom of the crowd in a fast-paced, catalytic question-only session. The beauty of the hotseat is that it generates a wealth of ideas, very quickly, and sparks new forms of collaboration. The hotseat is a highly collaborative session with a group of entrepreneurs working in the same field, adding in specially selected technical experts and investment specialists.

 

WCEF 2022 Accelerator Session 8/12/2022 (1st part – PUBLIC SESSION, Lemigo Hotel/ HYBRID)
Time schedule (CAT) Agenda Key speakers Short description
8.30 – 9.00 Arrival of participants
9.00 – 9.30 Welcoming
  1. Michiel Ritzen (VITO), moderator
  2. NIRDA/CPCIC/MoE, welcome
  3. Carolin Spirinckx (VITO), intro
  4. Pekka Huovila (FIGBC/ SBC), intro
  5. Hugo Warner (Footprints Africa), intro
9.30 – 10.30 Circular Building Approaches for an Urbanising Africa Jeremy Gibberd (Gauge) Introduction to circular building approaches that respond to the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly urbanising Africa
10.30 – 11.15 Circular Design Noella Nibakuze (MASS Architects) Introduction to circular design practices and local examples.
https://edit.massdesigngroup.org/
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.15 Circular Construction Joeri Beneens (Beneens construction company) Realizing circular buildings in the European context.
https://www.beneens.be/
12.15 – 13.00 Circular Materials Ephrem Ndayisaba (EarthEnable) Contributing to circular solutions and health improvements with local materials.
https://www.earthenable.org/
13.00 – 13.30 Closing discussion Michiel Ritzen (VITO), moderator Interactive discussion with audience + invitation to join afternoon session
(stakeholder workshop CE pilot project Rwanda)
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
WCEF 2022 Side Event 8/12/2022 (2nd part – WORKSHOP, LEMIGO HOTEL / HYBRID)
14.30 – 15.45 Hotseat session Joanna Bingham, Footprints Africa
Vere Shaba, World Green Building Council
Hugo Warner, Footprints Africa
15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Interactive part on circularity and
coaching trajectories in Rwanda
Moderated by Michiel (hybrid)
17.30 – 19.30 Networking – cocktails with all participants

 

 

This event is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2022 (www.WCEF2022.com).