The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has come forward to offer the ‘Indo-Swiss energy efficient building technology’ for Andhra Pradesh’s housing scheme – Pedalandariki Illu (housing for poor).
Under the ‘Building Energy Efficiency Project’, the BEE would also impart training on this relatively new technology to the engineers and other staff, who will work on the massive housing programme.
The state government would launch the housing programme on December 25 for construction of about 28.3 lakhs houses in two phases. The first phase construction would cover about 15 lakh housing units, including 5.3 lakh dwellings in the limits of various urban local bodies.
According to officials, the Indo-Swiss EE technology would reduce the temperature by about 2-4 degrees inside the houses and save about 20% electricity. Addressing a webinar with energy and housing departments of AP, organised by the BEE in coordination with AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) on the occasion of national energy conservation week, BEE director Saurab Diddi offered technical support for implementing energy efficiency in housing project under Indo-Swiss BEEP.
Secretary for housing, Ajay Jain, said the state government has approved a unique dwelling plan, consisting of one bedroom, living room, kitchen, bath-cum-toilet and veranda.
“Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wants to ensure adequate decent accommodation. In view of this, the government has decided to incorporate energy efficient and thermally comfortable designs in the houses. With the support of BEE, the Indo-Swiss agency had already approached AP government to discuss the project. Under this programme, innovative Indo-Swiss energy efficient and thermally comfortable (EETC) technology building designs would be incorporated in the houses,” said Ajay Jain.
Energy efficient design strategies would be applied in this housing project, thus complying with the Eco-Niwas Samhita 2018 (ECBC-Residential) code under BEEP. The ECBE-R will ensure adequate natural ventilation, reduced electricity consumption by a minimum 20 per cent, improve thermal comfort (cooling), day lighting and provide safe and healthier environment in buildings.