Property firms: Building sustainable cities

SUSTAINABLE development is the idea that human
societies must live and meet their needs
without compromising the ability of future generations
to meet their own needs.
The application of sustainable development
goals in property development is a real challenge
for many active companies. This sector, due to
the nature of operations, has the capacity to contribute
massively to the attainment of all Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), which cannot be
achieved without significantly transforming the
way we build or manage our urban spaces.
The property development sector consumes
over 40% of the global energy annually, 30% of the
raw materials and 12% of drinking water, generating
25% -40% of the solid waste and 20% of the
total gas emissions.
Given the need for clear actions to achieve the
SDGs, we ask ourselves the following question:
what is the real contribution of the property development
sector to sustainable development?
At West Property Zimbabwe, our primary motivation
in all our projects is derived from the rapid
urban population growth resulting from, among
other things, increased rural to urban migration.
This has also resulted in alarming demand for
houses and properties in the city.
Our primary focus now is to create a sustainable
environment for our communities by creating career
and business opportunities, safe and affordable
housing with modern designs, and building resilient
societies and economies. This also involves
creating green public spaces, and improving urban
planning and management in participatory and inclusive
Water scarcity affects more than 40% of people,
an alarming figure that is projected to rise as
temperatures do. More and more people are experiencing
water stress, and increasing drought and
desertification is already worsening these trends.
According to SDG 6, safe and affordable drinking
water should be achieved by 2030, to this effect
West Property Zimbabwe is investing in adequate
skills and infrastructure to provide sustainable
means and sanitation facilities, and also encourage
hygiene throughout its many projects.
West Prop encourages and has incorporated into
its developments the use of solar energy, reticulated
gas and water treatment all with the aim of reducing
its carbon foot print and develop eco-friendly
homes designed and built using the best practice to
ensure ground water recharge is increased.
It is also focussed on innovative construction
technologies with a view to consciously develop its
projects in an environmentally sustainable manner
for the Zimbabwe tomorrow.
Projects underway at West Prop interact with the
environment to avoid depletion of natural resources
and these projects allow for long-term environmental
Clients’ needs are met without compromising
the ability of the future generations to enjoy the
legacy of development. West property is currently
working with technical partners to find innovative
solutions in using gray water and rain water which
is often discarded and not utilised properly.
l This article is sponsored by West