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National awards for COSTFORD, Sajan

By Express News Service - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
Published: 02nd March 2013 11:22 AM

The construction by COSTFORD (Centre of Science and Technology for Rural Development) at Karimadom Colony in the city and the eco-friendly house of COSTFORD joint director and architect P B Sajan here have won national awards for eco-friendly-cum-cost-effective housing and the design for green building respectively at a national competition conducted by Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) recently. The award money is Rs 50,000 each.

 As part of the slum eradication programme of the City Corporation, COSTFORD, in two phases, is erecting seven buildings to rehabilitate 140 families at Karimadom Colony and the work is progressing. Low cost, and eco-friendly construction developed by Laurie Baker was followed at the housing colony. In order to make the place an eco-friendly habitat, activities such as planting of trees, cleaning of pond, setting up a study centre for children, buildings for women self-help groups, setting up of biogas plants and play area comprise the plan.

 The home of Sajan-CET associate professor in architecture Shylaja Nair couple here has utilised natural materials like bamboo, sand and stones for construction. It has reused lintel, window and wood of an old home. In the design itself, provisions for tapping solar energy, rainwater harvesting and biogas plant were given priority.

The cost-effective building also stands out for its less moisture content and temperature in comparison to concrete buildings.

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