Building sustainably in developing countries

16 Dec 2022
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Building sustainably in developing countries

16 Dec 2022
About the speaker
  • Miguel Angel Orejuela Duarte
    Miguel Angel Orejuela Duarte
    Consultant in Construction and Sustainable Development
    Miguel has more than twenty years experience as a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer. He is a graduate of the Colombian School of Engineering in Bogota, Colombia, a LEED® Green Rater, and a LEED® Accredited Professional BD+C since 2010. Miguel was Project Manager for development and construction for sports facilities with the New Jersey Sports Authority, K12 – Schools with Epic Management Incorporated, and as Sustainability Manager for Green Building Consulting Group in Bogotá, Colombia; managing, LEED® certification process implementation for new and existing buildings and development of sustainable materials. Miguel is recognized among his peers for his participation in the development of green public policy, education programs and sustainability standards in Colombia while working as the education Director for the Colombian Green Building Council. He was General Manager during the construction of “EAN Legacy”. He is the Co-Author of Referencial CASA Colombia.

Key takeaways

Real sustainable construction means thinking bigger than a single energy efficient building - projects need to work together towards more sustainable communities.

There are loads of building sustainable projects available to be implemented in developing and emerging countries. However, from a holistic point of view, is essential to think about how to develop sustainable cities too.

While there is a lot of international funding for sustainable construction in developing and emerging economies, many of the projects lack focus and local knowledge.