Sri Lanka to promote daylight maximizing low income house design

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s power regulator has teamed up with a university to promote the design of houses for low income families which will maximize the use of daylight and reduce electricity consumption.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the University of Moratuwa on July 15 to design and to research  "architectural housing structure with the use of maximum daylight for low income households".

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said it will team up with the university to identify energy demand patterns of low-income households and to establish ‘End User Energy Demand Indices’ with a sample housing model for low-income households in rural, estate and urban,

PUCSL Chairman Saliya Mathew said the agency was keen to make regulatory interventions in energy conservation.

K.K.C.K. Perera, Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa there was a plan to reduce green house gas emissions from energy unconditionally by 4 percent, and 16 percent against a 2010 baseline by 2030.

The project will also help promote energy conservation among low income families, he said.

Under the tariff structure approved by the PUCSL, low users (many of whom are low income customers) get subsidized energy.

Indika Rajapaksa- Senior lecturer, Department of Architecture of University of Moratuwa and Jayanat Herat – Director Corporate Communication of PUCSL, will track 300-350 houses in Monaralagala, Kandy and Colombo to identify low-income household energy usage patterns in rural, estate and urban areas.