Lifestyles changes in some urban centres in Ghana: What are existing and potential impacts on wood use in 2011 and beyond?
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2011年10月19日，印度班加罗尔J N Tata多功能礼堂演讲嘉宾：
Lifestyles changes in some urban centres in Ghana: What are existing and potential impacts on wood use in 2011 and beyond?摘要：
In recent times in major city centres in Ghana, the design of houses and ceilings patterns have changed drastically with reduced wood use. Metal doors and plastic T&G are rapidly replacing the use of wood panelling in most private and public building projects. This trend has been linked to a number of factors which include increased wealth status, desire for aesthetic satisfaction and the scarcity of wood in the urban centres. However, the greater and sustainable use of wood is believed to make significant and valuable contribution to Ghana's desire for a greener future. In this present study, the pattern of roofing and ceiling in some private and public buildings constructed in the last five years in three centres: Kumasi, Accra and Tema were assessed using semi-structured questionnaires and field observations. The reasons for the choice of the ceiling and panelling materials were highlighted. Among other things, it is recommended that artistic wood materials should be developed to enhance the use of wood in most building projects in Ghana and other countries where the trend exist.
Stephen Tekpetey, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, PO Box UP 63, KNUST, Kumasi, GHANA.