||Upscaling the Application of Low-Carbon and Energy-Efficient Technology in the Construction Sector
||Sanjay Vashisht, Dandapani Varsha, Kriti Nagrath, Manjeet Dhakal, Hina Lotia, Sundus Siddiqui
||Issue 6, published April 2016
- Ecological impacts of construction sector will rise with urbanisation in South Asia.
- Use of low carbon technologies in affordable housing will reduce the impact.
- Policies and codes and guidelines including green mandate should be developed.
- Technical capacity building of government will aid in implementation of policies.
- Knowledge dissemination on the benefits of these technologies is essential.
||The construction sector of India, Nepal and Pakistan are currently seeing a boom in the construction sector owing to growing economy and rapid urbanisation. The growth of the sector has critical environmental implications. Apart from its energy footprint, it also has a high resource footprint. The sector also has linkages to several other industries such as cement, steel, paints, tiles, and fixtures manufacture etc. While extraction of these materials and manufacturing of the final products itself contributes greatly to the emissions released, inefficient technologies result in a larger emission increase, making the use of these materials both resource and energy intensive. In this study, focus has been laid on low-carbon and energy-efficient materials and technologies in the building sector that are presently in use in South Asia. The study thus highlights that the adoption of such materials and technologies requires multi-level interventions that range from public policies, awareness generation, capacity building and skill development to the use of financial incentives for the upscaling of such technologies.