She made the remarks during the annual symposium organized by the Rwanda Institute of Architects (RIA) on November 21, 2023. This event, a convergence of diverse stakeholders aimed to explore and innovate the construction landscape in Rwanda while underscoring the critical importance of environmental conservation.
In her address, Fatima emphasized Mr. Roof’s dual commitment; not only to delivering enduring products to society but also recognizing the pivotal role companies must play in mitigating environmental pollution stemming from construction activities.
The United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) recent report, featured in its GlobalABC annual overview of the world’s buildings and construction sector, underscored the alarming reality that 39% of emissions in the construction sector in 2021 were substantial.
The International Energy Agency, ranking the construction sector as the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, further highlighted its significant contribution to climate change, following the energy and transportation sectors.
Against this backdrop, Fatima passionately advocated for a paradigm shift within the construction industry towards sustainable solutions. "We have actively explored ways to contribute by providing modern and environmentally friendly construction materials," she stated. "Our roofs and sheets are meticulously measured to meet customer needs, minimizing waste and leftovers."
Fatima also shed light on Mr. Roof’s innovative approach to reducing emissions from transportation. The lightweight and durable nature of their roofing materials not only enhances longevity and aesthetics but also contributes to cost reduction in transportation, requiring fewer vehicles.
During the meeting, Mr. Roof unveiled an exciting initiative—a reward system for subscribers to their newsletter, named ’Mr. Roof Newsletter.’ Subscribers stand a chance to win prizes such as 200 square meters of roofing sheets valued at Rwf 2.5 million, a voucher worth Rwf 300,000 for IngCo construction materials at the Lighthouse Store, and a ticket for two at the Kigali Lounge valued at Rwf 100,000. Winners will be announced on Mr. Roof’s social media platform later this week.
Specializing in the manufacturing of modern lightweight steel roofs, Mr. Roof sets itself apart with its unique ’Self Lock’ roofing sheets. These sheets, characterized by a distinctive shape and structure, require interlocking for enhanced durability and aesthetic appeal. Notably, the lightweight design facilitates easy removal and relocation from one house to another, adding a versatile dimension to sustainable construction practices.