Housing the Poor in African Cities – Training Facilitator’s Guide

This Facilitator’s Guide prepared by UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance accompanies the Quick Guides for Policy Makers: Housing the Poor in African Cities series.

Sustainable Building Design for Tropical Climates

In 2010 the worldwide building sector was responsible for 24% of the total GHG emissions deriving from fossil fuel combustion, second only to the industrial sector; but, if the embodied energy of construction materials is included, the share is far higher and the building sector becomes the prime CHG emitter. Thus, building design and construction have a significant effect on the chances of meeting the 2 °C target (keeping global temperature increase to 2 °C ).