Sadiq Abubakar GULMA, MSc in Environmental Engineering (Nigeria)

Sadiq holds a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from the Pan African University in Kenya. His research focuses on improving the energy efficiency of urban built environments, thermal comfort and indoor air quality.

Current position: Visiting Researcher at the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany

Research focus: Energy efficiency of the built environment, thermal comfort and indoor air quality

He conducted research on green roof modeling and simulation to reduce the energy cooling loads of urban buildings, and currently investigates how to improve thermal comfort by combining different ventilation systems. The former research project was funded as part of the African Union Commission’s Pan African University Scholarship.

In 2015 Sadiq received a Green Talents award. The jury was particularly impressed by his efforts to introduce energy efficient and sustainable urban buildings in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2016 Sadiq founded Green Habitat, an environmental NGO promoting sustainability in the built environment in Nigeria. He has played a pivotal role in connecting German experts he met with experts in Kenya and Nigeria.

2016 Green Build International Conference and Expo Scholarship Recipient from the United States Green Building Council, USA
2012-2014 Pan African University Scholarship from the African Union Commission

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2015):

Pan African University, Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, Kenya

Research focus: Development of a mathematical model to predict the indoor temperature of green roofed urban buildings in sub-Saharan Africa.

With a background in Civil Engineering, Sadiq is now focusing his studies on Environmental, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Engineering. His Master’s research focuses on modelling and simulation of green roofs to reduce the energy cooling of urban buildings.

Using his knowledge in thermodynamics, Sadiq developed a mathematical model that will be used to predict the indoor temperature of green roofed urban buildings in sub-Saharan Africa. Sadiq started his academic career studying Civil Engineering at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, now he holds a Master’s degree in Environmental, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Engineering, obtained in Kenya. He received, as a pioneer, the African Union Commission’s Pan African University Postgraduate Scholarship for his Master’s research projects. After attending the Innovation Summer Programme at the University of Tokyo last summer, he is leveraging on the programme through the application of innovative thinking and continuous multidisciplinary approach to the PhD proposal he is developing. This proposal is geared towards modelling and simulation of building energy and modification by inclusion of green surfaces to existing urban built environments, all in a bid to achieve sustainable environments.

Sadiq’s master’s research required a diverse application of knowledge from four main disciplines: horticulture, thermodynamics, meteorology and engineering. Sadiq’s motivation for incorporating nature in the urban built environment is fuelled by the necessity to make neighbourhoods more human and eco-friendly, thus creating living neighbourhoods. Green roofs have numerous benefits aside from reducing energy consumption of buildings and saving costs of energy bills. They have aesthetic value, they contribute to combating urban heat islands, they reduce storm water runoff and, in some cases, they can be used for urban rooftop farming. It also offsets greenhouse gas emissions arising from building construction. A large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions have been attributed to buildings. Sadiq states that sustainable development in the building sector can only be achieved with net-zero energy buildings.

The jury were impressed by Sadiq’s efforts to achieve sustainable urban buildings in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as by his interdisciplinary approach to the future of urban buildings in general. Participating in the Green Talents Forum will be a great chance for him to meet researchers with different backgrounds to discuss the future of sustainable living in urban spaces.