Through the Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority, five million housing units are planned to be delivered in the coming years. They are designed to provide amenities to all citizens, focusing on the financially underserved and middle-income communities, as a measure of comprehensive socio-economic uplift. This programme presents an opportunity for the country to switch to and promote green building interventions through the piloting of Green Building Code provisions for Pakistan.
SWITCH-Asia is the largest cooperation programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production funded by the European Union. Since 2016, the programme is working with the Ministry of Climate Change in Pakistan, UN Environment, UN Habitat-Pakistan, among other stakeholders to promote Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), with a focus on green building and waste management. As an outcome of this work and in line with the Government’s commitment to pursue climate resilient and green development initiatives, Policy Guidelines for the Green Building Code for Pakistan have been developed. A Roadmap for the Development of a new Green Building Code for Pakistan has also been proposed to successfully develop and implement such policy.
On 17th October 2022, the multi-stakeholder consultative Workshop on the Proposed Scope for the development of Green Building Provisions for the 5 Million Housing Programme in Pakistan was organised at the Serena Hotel, Islamabad.
Co-organised by SWITCH-Asia in partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change, NED University, Pakistan Engineering Council, NAPHDA and UN Habitat, the overall aim of the workshop was to foster the exchange of knowledge and expertise in order to improve the Green Building provisions by incorporating Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) principles, including in the areas of Energy Efficient Housing, Green Energy Buildings, Waste Management, Water Use Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, and Climate.