A 2-days workshop on “High Performance Energy Efficient Building Design and Construction” was held by Department of Architectural Engineering and Design University of Science and Technology Lahore in collaboration with Auburn University of Alabama USA at UET main campus. Chairman Department of Architectural Engineering and Design Prof. Dr. Muhammad Arif Khan, Prof. Dr. Sabahat Arif and Dr. Salman Azhar were organizers of the event. The objectives of the workshop were to facilitate design and construction of light-performance, energy efficient buildings and homes in Pakistan and retrofit existing building through capacity building of academia and industry in research, education and practice. Provincial Minister for Disaster Management Mehr Ijaz Achalana as chief guest said while talking to attendees of workshop that Energy efficient policy and planning may be adopted to cater down the crisis and for flourishing the country’s economy.
He said that the construction of structures through appropriate steps on scientific grounds will be helpful to reduce the chances of any accident which can also beneficial to bring architectural revolution. In workshop, American Architect and Emeritus Prof. Norbert Lechner from Auburn University Alabama said that the usage of energy in developing countries is increasing rapidly in part because the massive consumption in daily life. It is need of time to take measures for conservations of energy and adopt energy efficient devices and constructions. He put light extensively on the importance of color and radiant barriers in heat avoidance, insulation in reducing energy usage and comfort, solar responsive design, and conservation of solar light for whole the year. In inaugural session, Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council Engr. Javed Saleem Qureshi stated that with the help of modern technology, durable and efficient structure can be built. In this regard, the trends of construction in developed countries must be observed and make effort to implement these in country. Vice-Chancellor UET Lahore Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid stressed to adopt effective and low cost strategies in designing and construct the buildings. He said that for achieving the said task awareness programs and assistance to policymakers must be assured at large. Meanwhile, Chairman Department of Architectural Engineering and Design Prof. Dr. Muhammad Arif Khan said that this workshop would be helpful for architects, engineers, builders, developers, planners, educationist, students and other related key players in adopting innovation. The techniques discussed in this event can be utilized at domestic and industry level simultaneously. Various Energy efficient equipment and models were displayed at different stalls. Prof. Norbert Lechner donated more than 150 books and equipment related to Energy Efficient. Big number of architectures, engineers, designers and students attended the workshop. In the end, shields and certificates were distributed among guests and participants.