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Takoradi: Green buildings to receive 30% reduction in permit fees

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The Chief Executive of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Anthony Sam says the Assembly has instituted a policy of a 30 per cent reduction in building permit fees.

He said all these developments are certified with Excellence In Design for Greater Efficiencies, EDGE, a green building certification system.

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting in Accra, Mr. Sam said the Assembly has directed that all new Municipal projects conform to EDGE standard.

The Excellence In Design for Greater Efficiencies, EDGE provides the easiest and quickest financial tool for assessing cost-effectiveness of buildings as well as providing certification.

It also encourages solutions to reduce water and the energy used at least 20 per cent.

The President of the Ghana Institute of Architects, Richard Addadey Nii Dadey spoke about the need to adopt EDGE.

The Lead Founder, Ghana Green Building Council, Foster Osae-Akonnor said there is the need for collective efforts to attain green environment.

The Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Anthony Sam said in order to contribute to climate change, developers and property owners must build green.

This he said will also cut down on the cost of construction, operation and maintenance.

Speakers encouraged individuals to support green building, to help achieve a healthy environment.

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