All buildings in Andhra Pradesh capital to be carbon-zero

Swiss Cooperation tp provide the technical assistance to AP government.

VIJAYAWADA: All buildings in Amaravati will be constructed as either carbon-zero or carbon-plus, said APCRDA commissioner CH. Sridhar on Wednesday. As part of the Indo-Swiss cooperation in building energy efficient programme (BEEP) the officials from Swiss cooperation and the officials from various departments discussed the possibilities and opportunities in building energy-efficient constructions.

Speaking on the occasion, principal secretary for energy Ajay Jain said that the state government is giving maximum priority to energy efficiency. The main objective of BEEP is to reduce the green house emissions and also producing energy from alternative sources he said. Almost 30 per cent of the energy can be saved by adopting green technologies in buildings, he added. Special chief secretary B. Sam Bob said, “We are using excess amounts of energy in our buildings as they were not designed to utilise natural resources.”

Mr Sridhar observed that Andhra Pradesh is having ample scope to adopt latest technologies as the capital Amaravati is being built from the scratch. He said all the public buildings will be designed in such a way that there will be zero carbon emissions. He said the CRDA is also going to introduce hybrid technologies combining wind and solar power generation in all buildings.

Dr Sameer Maithel from Swiss Corporation obser-ved that in the next 15 to 20 years more number of buildings are going to be constructed than in the last 70 years in India. He also said that with the increase in 1.5% of the construction cost by adopting green technologies, 40% of the spending can be saved. The Swiss Cooperation agency will provide the technical assistance to AP government to develop energy efficient buildings.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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