Energy consumption in buildings can come down by 50%: Expert

The forum was held at Grand Hyatt Muscat on Sunday (Muscat Daily)

Muscat - 

Energy consumption in buildings can come down by 50 per cent if eco house norms are followed, according to Dr Waheed Abdul Malik Thanoon, dean of Nizwa University.

He was addressing the second CleanTech Oman International Forum which was held at Grand Hyatt Muscat on Sunday.

Dr Thanoon gave a presentation on an eco house built by the varsity which won third place at the EcoHouse Design Competition organised recently by The Research Council.

He said, “The model house spread over 340sq m has a terrace garden for using natural energy efficiently. It is equipped with solar panels, uses recycled water (grey water), chose efficient building materials and was designed to make optimum use of sunlight and wind. The eco house was built in October and it will be in use till June.”

He added that though such houses are expensive to build, the costs may come down in future. “We are happy with the feedback but will wait until the summer season which usually begins in April.”

The opening session focused on clean technology in waste management with notable speakers including Sheikh Mohammed Sulaiman al Harthy, executive vice president, strategic development sector, be’ah who spoke on 'Waste Management in the Sultanate of Oman'. Muscat Daily was the media partner of the event.

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