The project to promote energy efficiency and bioclimatic architecture in urban housing is pushing ahead. Our team has just announced construction of the thousandth solar conservatory in the Afghan capital. Launched in July 2012, in co-ordination with the municipality of Kabul, this project helps inhabitants to protect themselves against cold and to combat energy poverty.
Using these passive solar construction and thermal insulation techniques, families in Kabul have achieved sustainable improvements in their comfort levels and indoor air quality.
Drawing on simple principles of heat retention and release, more than 3000 houses or buildings will be retrofitted in this way by 2015, directly benefiting more than 25,000 residents. In addition, there will be a 50% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.