“AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ROLE OF INCENTIVES IN PROMOTING GREEN BUILDING IN KENYA: A CASE STUDY OF NAIROBI CITY COUNTY

ABSTRACT
The need for adaptation of development strategies that would meet their set objectives of social
and economic advancement while impacting the least on the natural environment is a desirable
yet elusive objective of most development activities undertaken by most countries. There is need
for approaches that can secure the achievement of this goal at once.
Green building is one such approach. The need for use of green building in Kenya is recognized,
but it has been faced with several limitations, the most outstanding being: Lack of awareness,
insufficient resources for training, development and assessment of construction professionals and
other stakeholders in the built environment; lack of a wealthy private sector to fund the activities
of the green building councils, resistances to change, general public perceptions and
misinformation regarding green building, professional contribution and lack of clear government
regulations and incentives to steer development in the built environment towards more
sustainable practices
To remedy this, use of incentives have been proposed. These are various ways of inciting the
stakeholders in the building industry to embrace a change in their practices towards more
sustainable practices. Incentives have been used successfully to this end in other countries like
the United States of America, Malaysia, India, China, and the Netherlands to name a few. The
same can be designed to suit the prevailing local conditions in order to achieve sustainability in
construction.
This study analyzes the various incentives that have been used in other countries, and attempts to
establish the ones that would be most suitable for the country, and the best approach for their
implementation to ensure success.
The study recommends approaches that can be adopted to design and introduce these incentives
in Kenya, and ways of execution to ensure their success, and overall promotion of use of green
building in Kenya.