Green Homes – the Sustainable Housing is an initiative that promotes housing systems which reduce pressure on natural resources and carbon emissions, thus resulting in human wellbeing, social equity, and promotion of green economy. Energy efficiency in buildings, eco-friendly practices for water and waste management at household level such as rainwater harvesting, and waste/ wastewater recycling. Green homes are more than just green buildings – they reflect a sustainable lifestyle based on eco-friendly systems and behavior.
The overal objective is to promote sustainable housing technologies and services to contribute towards mitigating climate change and reducing poverty through creation of green jobs and moving towards a green economy.
Housing sector has a significant contribution to urban economies in cities. 18% of total urban employment in Nepal is said to be contributed by construction industries. On the demand side there will be need of an additional 1 million urban houses in the decade of 2011 to shelter urban population. To meet this demand with the conventional building practices will contribute notoriously to pollution and climate change factors. The conventional brick-concrete buildings perform poorly in severe temperatures. Nepalese Cities are facing challenges in water scarcity, waste management and environmental pollution. Growing climate variability is also likely to exacerbate pressure on the urban services. To enhance sustainability and adapting climate change impacts, It is imperative to include eco-friendly practices and to curb the energy consumption in the housing sector both embodied in construction materials as well as operational. Therefore, Green Homes is being proposed to address the demand of the time.
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