Green building technology being promoted in construction sectors: Senate told

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Green building technology being promoted in construction sectors: Senate told

ISLAMABAD, Sept 8 (APP): Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani said Thursday that solid measures were being made to promote green building technology in constructing sectors to ensure energy efficiency.

Replying to question during question-hour in the Senate Akram Khan Durrani said as part of such steps, the consultants had been instructed to develop the design of building in such a way that maximum utilization of sun light was assured in order to save the energy.

Moreover, he added, heat insulation of the building was also being incorporated in the design by using the specialized building materials, adding in addition to that green areas were also developed in the housing scheme for healthy environment.

He said recently, Housing Foundation had started a project for construction of High Rise Apartment in sector G-13 in the name of EHFPRO. Wherein, Housing Foundation had taken several measures to ensure energy efficiency and promote green building technology.

He said the National Housing Authority (NHA) was promoting green building technology and ensured energy efficiency, adding NHA, Ministry of Housing & Works in collaboration and consultation with Energy Conversation (ENERCON), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and other stakeholders formulated Energy Provision 2011 Building Code of Pakistan Implementation of said code will enhance energy use efficiency and its conservation in the buildings sector of Pakistan.

He said Pak PWD was following the Building Energy Code of Pakistan in true letter and spirit in all buildings.

Moreover, “Environment Impact study” is also carried out for the projects undertaken by the Pak PWD.

Replying to another question, the minister said Executive Committee of the Housing Foundation had approved enhancement in constitutional quota from 2 percent to 3 percent for all future schemes, adding in housing scheme phase-VI (Barakahu) of the Housing Foundation launched in 2009 there was two quota reserved for constitutional bodies and the said quota had been increased to three percent by the Executive Committee in its 133rd meeting.

He said the quota had been increased on the recommendation of the Senate Standing Committee on Housing and Works.

He said no proposal for further increase in the quota was under consideration.