Building management is a group of facility management. As housing demand in India is continuously growing, different government schemes are being implemented to cater to the need of mass housing for the poor and lower income group people. Use of appropriate Cost effective Eco-friendly Construction Technologies (CECT) in housing sector in India has the potential to be the most appropriate in terms of economy and acceptability. The reduced cost of building, enhancement of comfort level and non-compromise on safety may establish appropriateness of CECT, which will also act as a market force and demand for such technologies is expected to grow-up. Previously the appropriateness of CECT in Indian context was never explored. This paper studied the acceptability and adaptability potential of different CECTs through field survey, literature study and technical calculations and tried to find out the most appropriate one among those. In most of the parts of India which are warm and humid, in dwelling houses belonging to middle income group and below i.e. which do not have any provision for artificial cooling, the windows are normally operated in following sequence: (a) In summer, windows are generally closed between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M., when solar incidence is maximum, to reduce inflow of heat from outside into the rooms and those are kept open between 5 P.M. to 10 A.M. to facilitate circulation of air inside the room and dissipation of the accumulated internal heat. (b) In winter windows are generally kept open from 7 A.M to 5 P.M. to get maximum warmth from sunlight and kept closed between 5 P.M. to 7 A.M. to reduce loss of heat from inside of the room and protect the interior from rapid cooling. To coincide with the practice, it would be appropriate to construct the buildings with proper materials or technologies which are capable of reducing convection of heat through building envelop.
Last date updated on May, 2014