ENERCON, The National Energy Conservation Centre, Ministry of Water
Government of Pakistan is mandated to promote the efficient and rational use of energyin Pakistan.
ENERCON has conducted a number of energy surveys, studies and demonstration
projects which have highlighted a very large energy saving potential in all sectors of
our economy, including the buildings sector.
It is estimated that approximately 35 % of total national consumption of electricity is
accounted for by the buildings sector.
Domestic buildings and houses account for
about 85 % of this consumption.
It is a matter of common experience that a large majority of new houses being
constructed in Pakistan are not being designed in accordance with our climate. This
means that house owners and occupants consume extra energy to make them
comfortable for living. ENERCON estimates that improved building design can reducehouse energy bills by 20% and this figure can be raised to 50 % by the use of efficient
appliances.To date ENERCON has initiated a number of activities to improve energy efficiency in
the buildings sector.A Building Energy Code and Compliance Handbook have been
Similarly, design guides have been prepared for health and educationbuildings. This booklet is a continuation of
commitment to further the
cause of energy conservation in Pakistan.During 1993-94 ENERCON organised a 4 week training course entitled “Pakistan SolarArchitecture”.
am pleased to note that a number of young architects participated inthis programme and produced designs of energy efficient houses for various climaticzones of Pakistan. A selection of these designs is given in this booklet. ENERCON
has produced complete sets of working drawings and documents for each of these
designs and these are available to interested persons.
In the end, I wish to thank the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) andthe United Nations Centre for Human Settlement (UNCHS) for funding this project.
also wish to put on record the untiring efforts of Professor John A. Ballinger from the
University of New South Wales, Australia who conducted the training course.
It is hoped that this effort will stimulate building professionals to design and construct
houses which are climate-conscious and thus energy efficient.Arif AlauddinManaging DirectorENERCONIslamabadNovember 1994