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BUET showcases 35 models of disaster resilient low cost rural homes
BUET’s civil engineering department on Thursday showcased 35 models of disaster resilient low cost homes for rural people designed by it with support from Caritas Bangladesh.
BUET researchers said that after disasters government and local and foreign NGOs built shelters without taking local cultures and choices into consideration due to mostly time constraints.
‘Now we have 35 models to pick from to suit the local requirements in eight regions of Bangladesh,’ former BRAC University vice chancellor Ainun Nishat said while unveiling the models as the chief guest on BUET campus.
BUET civil engineering department and Caritas Bangladesh jointly organised the event.
Engineering solution to local people’s problems taking their culture into the consideration could provide the best possible results, said Nishat.
Though over 72 per cent people of Bangladesh live in low cost shelters, there is no research on low cost housing in this country, said Caritas project director Pintu William Gomes.
Every year, he said, Bangladesh needs four lakh new low cost houses.
BUET civil engineering professor Mohammad Shariful Islam identified shortage of raw materials, their high costs and durability of low cost rural homes main challenges facing rural population.
Sharif, who was in the team of researchers who designed the low cost housing models, said that the use of earth, bamboo, wood and other locally available raw materials could facilitate environment friendly and culturally acceptable hosing solutions for rural Bangladesh.
BUET civil engineering professor Tahsin Reza Hossain said that it took 10 years since 2009 to design the 35 models of disaster resilient shelters.
Tahsin said the disaster resilient low cost homes were no alternatives to disaster time shelter centres.
BUET civil engineering department chairman professor Ahsanul Kabir said that the department supported the researchers.
Caritas Bangladesh executive director Francis Atul Sarker described shelter as people’s basic requirement as it provides them their social and mental identity.
He said that Caritas Bangladesh was running 88 housing projects and disaster resilient low-cost homes was just one of them.
Atul said that the risks becoming homeless were high in the he country’s disaster prone coastal belt.