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Report unveiled on energy efficient buildings

By Our Correspondent
December 15, 2023

LAHORE: The LUMS Energy Institute (LEI), a research and capacity building centre with a focus on Pakistan’s energy sector, has unveiled a report titled Sustainable Architecture: Advancing Energy Efficient Buildings.

According to a press release, the report addresses the acute energy challenge and how adopting energy-efficient practices in residential construction can drastically reduce loads. 

A general view of the LUMS. — LUMS website
A general view of the LUMS. — LUMS website

While addressing policymakers, regulatory bodies, and key stakeholders, Dr Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director, LUMS Energy Institute, said, 'Pakistan's expenditure of nearly USD 100 billion on power plants, predominantly for summer cooling loads, is unsustainable. By adopting the energy-efficient practices we can reduce cooling loads by at least 50%, saving billions of dollars.'

The report demonstrates how adopting energy-efficient practices in residential construction can drastically reduce these loads. The study evaluated the cooling loads, revealing that energy-efficient building insulation is fundamental to keeping electricity usage in the hot summer months at reasonable levels.

Concluding his observations at the event, Dr Chaudhry highlighted, 'This report is not just an academic exercise; it is a blueprint for the future of sustainable architecture in Pakistan. We aim to inspire change in how buildings are designed and constructed, focusing on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.'