To promote the principles and practice for the design of sustainable construction, in order to reduce the damage caused to the planet by the use of nonrenewable methods in construction. To implement renewable methods of construction, technologies and materials which tend to reduce the use of energy. To implement design features that recaptures--recycles water, to dispose of materials and residues without jeopardizing the natural resources of future generations. Our vision is to become the leader in ecological responsibility for the design and construction of sustainable buildings, and to lower CO2 emissions by 50 % by 2018 in the Dominican Republic.
Most recently, the Dominican Republic GBC launched the “Monte Plata Green
Community” project. This interesting campaign involves the concept of green
communities with the construction of ten greenhouses using principally bamboo
(a durable and functional sustainable material with a history of use in Asia
and South America). The community includes a school, a common kitchen, common laundry area with washing machines, a terrace to study, crafts, and meeting area for the community. The project also includes solutions for urban
agriculture, compost toilets and a folk craft market.
Located nearby, housing alternatives for visitors and students will focus on
eco-tourism, all of which will generate revenues for long-term sustainability
of the community. The collaboration team involves designers, professionals,
builders, teachers, students, and members of different development
organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity D.R. and other international
organizations. The opportunity to collaborate and promote cultural exchange
between students, academics, communities and countries with technical
knowledge about sustainable communities is a challenge that the DRGBC is
ready to undertake through this flagship campaign.
We have collaborated with the Secretary of the Commerce Department of the
Dominican Republic government to help them lower their electric consumption.