‘The need of the hour is buildings with low energy requirement’

‘The need of the hour

Today the whole world is facing the challenges arising out of global warming. Although many factors are responsible for global warming, indiscriminate urbanization and wildly energy-consuming buildings also play a big role in increasing the temperature of the earth. There is also lack of necessary awareness regarding this. In such a situation, economical buildings from the point of view of energy-consumption are the great need of the day. To raise awareness about this, the Center for Media Studies (CMS India) jointly organized a webinar event in association with the Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP).

 

Today the whole world is facing the challenges arising out of global warming. Although many factors are responsible for global warming, indiscriminate urbanization and wildly energy-consuming buildings also play a big role in increasing the temperature of the earth. There is also lack of necessary awareness regarding this. In such a situation, economical buildings from the point of view of energy-consumption are the great need of the day. To raise awareness about this, the Center for Media Studies (CMS India) jointly organized a webinar event in association with the Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP).

Anu Anand, Director, CMS Advocacy, while talking about the awareness program launched in collaboration with the media on Energy Efficient Buildings said that the effort to create awareness on this issue was started in September 2019. For this, people were informed about energy efficient buildings by organizing state-level workshops in different parts of the country. Varnika Prakash, a member of Indo Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project, said that BEEP was started in India in the year 2011.

On this occasion, Dr. Jonathan Demanz, Head of International Cooperation and Counselor at the Embassy of Switzerland in India, discussed the Global Program on Climate Change being run by the Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). He said that energy should be used in such a way that it can also be used for nature and should not harm it. In this context, there is also a need to emphasize on the method of using energy properly and with less wastage in building the buildings which we are working on. Necessary technical support is being done in residential and commercial buildings and buildings to be constructed under BEEP to make buildings that consume up to 30% less energy. During this he also cited examples of unique buildings like Hawa Mahal for low energy consumption and natural air flow.

In this program, Saurabh Diddi, Director, Bureau of Energy Efficiency highlighted the vision of the Government of India towards Energy Efficient Buildings. He said that preventing the ill effects of heat on health has become a great need of the hour. The use of air conditioning ie AC has become a common trend in India. Due to this, where electricity is consumed on a large scale, there is a huge emission of hydrofluorocarbons i.e. HFCs. Even today in our village the houses are made in such a way that there is no need of AC there. The same procedure can be adopted for homes in cities as well.

In the program, Narayan Bharat Gupta, Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation Limited shared information about Eco Friendly Affordable Houses under BLC scheme running in Andhra Pradesh. He said that this is the time for us to find new sources of energy by making changes in our lifestyle so that we can cooperate in the conservation of nature.

Tanmay Tathagat, Director, Environmental Design Solutions, who was present on the occasion, said that since the Corona transition period, there have been many changes in the thinking of people regarding building a house or any building. To understand this change, we also did a survey, the results of which have been quite surprising. In this, maximum people talked about keeping indoor air better and less spread of pathogens, better weather-based building design, less maintenance, space efficiency and promotion of green technology. Saurabh told that there is a lot of lack of awareness about energy consumption by buildings as well. In such a situation, access to information and its acceptance is the biggest need of the hour for the construction of buildings and buildings with low energy consumption.

The Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BIP) is a joint venture between the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (PFDA) of the Swiss Confederation and the Ministry of Energy/Power, Government of India. In this, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency is the authorized implementing agency on behalf of the Ministry of Energy / Power, while the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has got this responsibility from the FDA. (India Science Wire)

 

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