Energy Efficient Building Designs Recommended in a Seminar at LCWU
Globally buildings are responsible for a huge share of energy, electricity, water and materials consumption. The building sector has the greatest potential to deliver significant cuts in emissions at little or no cost. Buildings account for 18% of global emissions today, or the equivalent of 9 billion tonnes of Co2 annually. If new technologies in construction are not adopted during this time of rapid growth, emissions could double by 2050, according to the United Nations Environment Program.Green building practices aim to reduce the environmental impact of building. In a country like Pakistan, which is facing immense energy problem, need is apparent to construct energy efficient buildings. This was stated by speakers in a seminar organized by Archetecture Department here in Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Friday. Minister of Commerce and Industry Punjab Alaudeen Sheikh, Vice Chancellor University of Engineering and Technology Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Vice Chancellor host University Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar, Norbert Lechner Prof. Emeritus, Architect and LEED AP, Prof. Dr. Salman Azhar is a J.E Wilborn Endowed Professor and Graduate Program Chair in the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama and senior faculty members of architecture department of UET and LCWU spoke in the seminar.
Minister of Commerce and Industry Punjab Alaudeen Sheikh said that building design should bear the balance between homebuilding and the sustainable environment. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages. The minister assured that Punjab Government will endorse all recommendations made by universities on the topic.
Vice Chancellor LCWU Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar said energy efficient building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. She expressed that university management will preserve its old buildings which are heritage and have natural environment.
Vice Chancellor University of Engineering and Technology Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid said that every building should be as small as possible. An other rule is not to contribute to sprawl, even if the most energy-efficient, environmentally sound methods are used in design and construction.”The International Energy Agency released a publication that estimated that existing buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s total primary energy consumption and for 24% of global carbon dioxide emissions.” He added.
Head of Architecture Department Yasmeen Abid Maan said that seminar is significant in perspective of global warming, decreasing natural energy resources and the environment concerns. It is important to focus on the reducing energy consumption in buildings which is about 55% in case of Pakistan. Pakistan is one of those countries which consume highest energy in domestic sector which is above 45%. On the other side, the energy deficiency in Pakistan is seriously affecting many sector including the economic growth of the country under these circumstances, it has become prime responsibility of building professionals, academicians and research scholar to come forward with innovative and economical solutions for energy efficient design of building and their construction with effective materials to help the country for reduction in energy burden. This 2nd International Workshop on “High Performance Energy Efficient Design and Construction” will focus on the low cost and easy-to-apply energy conscious design strategies for hot climate, design for delighting along with solar geometry, the role of traditional housing concepts for energy conservation with contemporary issues of design and construction and the state of the art technologies for construction of energy-efficient building.
Norbert Lechner Prof. Emeritus, Architect and LEED AP, an expert in energy responsive architectural design with an emphasis on solar responsive design including day lighting highlighted the significance of smart buildings as key note speaker. “On the aesthetic side of green architecture or sustainable design is the philosophy of designing a building that is in harmony with the natural features and resources surrounding the site. There are several key steps in designing sustainable buildings: specify 'green' building materials from local sources, reduce loads, optimize systems, and generate on-site renewable energy.” He explained.
Prof. Dr. Salman Azhar is a J.E Wilborn Endowed Professor and Graduate Program Chair in the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama said that the importance of high performance energy efficient buildings is need of the hour.