HamiTech Green Africa Foundation was founded in Uganda in 2000 with a focus of implementing practical hands-on community driven projects aimed at greening the African continent. It is articulated through the HamiTech Green Africa village concept where communities undertake a series of activities that result to sustainable environmental conservation and natural resource management, assurance of food security, policy dialogue and advocacy and social integration through peace building, ethical and moral probity.
HamiTech Green to us is in three folds: The First Green is to treat people kindly through upholding ethics and training on life skills. The Second Green is to promote good health, peace within communities and to create sustainable livelihoods. The Third Green is the actual environmental conservation.
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.
Synonymous with a sustainable building, a Green Building is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in a resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact of the environment.
A GreenMark is a Standard for use in rating and certifying green buildings in Kenya and the Africa region. It provides guidelines for independent assessment of the degree of ‘greenness’ of an existing or proposed building. It has been developed through a rigorous multi-stakeholder process based on professional practice, nationally accepted environmental considerations, and it seeks to elaborate on synergies between established practices and emerging concepts, both national and international
The GreenMark Rating System has been developed by a team of experts and stakeholders hosted by the Green Africa Foundation through a rigorous multi-stakeholder engagement involving several experts (drawn from the government, academia, private sector and the civil society) and guided by a lead Consultant (Mr. Nickson Otieno). The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development (MoTIHUD) as well as the Ministry of Environment and Forestry participated in this process. Green Africa Foundation provided secretariat services to both the Technical Committee and the activities of the Standard’s Board. Additional support was provided by the LECRED project of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry – Climate Change Directorate. The ‘GreenMark’ is managed by an independent, multi-stakeholder ‘GreenMark Standards and Certification Board’. The board formulates policies and makes strategic decisions that appertain to the development and use of the ‘GreenMark’ Standard. The Board is the Certifying body of GreenMark.