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Builders seek alternative energy sources in housing sector

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The Nigerian Institute of Building(NIOB) has called for the use of sustainable energy solutions in the housing sector.

NIOB observed that majority of Nigerians lacked access to electricity, and as the demand continued to rise, there was a need for substantial increase in the production of renewable energy across the country.

The Chairman, NIOB Abuja chapter, Odunmbaku-Wilson, made the call at the 2020 virtual conference in Abuja, where he noted that sustainable energy solutions would encourage alternative energy sources for power generation in the built environment.

He stated that the use of cost-effective standards, technologies and investing in clean energy could also reduce the electricity consumption in buildings industry by 14 per cent.

“This means avoiding roughly 1,300 mid size power plants. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy sources in all development countries is a crucial goal.

He noted that access to electricity in poorer countries have increased because the world is making progress towards achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7.

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