Thrust on adopting sustainable building technologies

Dhaka,  Fri,  18 August 2017
Published : 29 Jul 2016, 00:15:12

Thrust on adopting sustainable building technologies

FE Report

Speakers at a workshop underscored on Thursday the need for adopting environment-friendly and sustainable building technologies to curb land degradation, greenhouse gas emission and deforestation in the country.

According to them, at present brick producers of the country use a large amount of top soil of land to produce bricks which will create food shortage and imbalance of environment for the country. So the government needs to take initiative to stop use of top soil of land gradually and at the same time need to promote alternative materials to construct sustainable buildings.

They made the observations at National Inception Workshop for the project titled "Promoting Sustainable Building in Bangladesh" organised by Oxfam in Bangladesh at a city hotel.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Engr Mosharraf Hossain, MP attended the programme as the chief guest.  The event was presided over by Director of Housing and Building Research Institute (HBRI) Mohammad Abu Sadeque PEng.

The programme was also addressed, among others, by Head of Cooperation - Head of Unit, EU Delegation to Bangladesh Mario Ronconi, Country Director of Oxfam in Bangladesh Snehal V Soneji, Programme Director of Oxfam in Bangladesh MB Akhter, Chief Executive of BELA (Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association) Syeda Rizwana Hasan and Director (Programmes) of JCF (Jagaroni Chakra Foundation) Hasan Aref.

Speaking on the occasion Mosharraf Hossain said if top soil of land is reduced to such an extent by the brick producers, the country will face food shortage. So the government is working for an alternative system.

"We are aware of it and working for alternative measures. Around 8,400 industrial buildings in the country are being constructed without using bricks and we hope the improvement will be visible within next 30 months," he added.

The minister said the government, especially HBRI, will provide support to achieve the purpose of this project. The ministry of Housing and Public Works also promises to continue support through necessary policy regulations.

 Snehal V Soneji said the project will offer a pathway to sustainable consumption of alternative bricks. The country will be benefited to a great extent by this project.

Mr Ronconi said sustainable building is a worldwide issue. "We plan to work with the government to change the current framework of production and consumption of bricks and building construction to promote sustainable building," he added.

This three-and-a-half-year project is funded by the European Union and will be jointly implemented by Oxfam in Bangladesh, BELA, Housing and HBRI and JCF in Jessore and Dhaka.
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