Daily Archives: May 14, 2019

Use of ISO 23045 can improve the house design in NAYA Pakistan Housing scheme

Providing a roof over the heads of every citizen of the country is every government’s primary responsibility. Fortunately PTI has started to address this issue with a lot of sincerity and is rapidly working towards the completion of affordable houses for the lower class and middle class stratum of Pakistan.

The government has taken the initiative to overcome the shortfall of over 10 million houses through the NAYA Pakistan housing scheme. Every year the population increases however the number of houses does not. Many people are not able to construct a house and this is the reason that a majority of our population has no roof over their heads. With this housing scheme the government aims to provide homes to those in need.

The salient features of this housing are as following:

  • Increase buying power by providing loans of longer tenure that is for fifteen to twenty years.
  • Reduce cost by standardizing design and specifications.
  • Reduce cost by significantly cutting down the approval time.
  • Develop new communities with access to infrastructure.
  • Reduce the upfront cost of builders by providing them land in installments and minimum time for approvals and infrastructure before start of construction.
  • Provide project loans to builders so that they can complete housing project in the shortest possible time thus improving their ROI and at the same time reduce the investment period thus reducing the overall cost for the end consumer the main objective of this scheme

It is envisaged that by the above measures the cost would be 15 to 20% lower than the current market price and by providing long term loans we would enhance the number of people who can afford housing by 100% in the first three years. Currently only about half a million people can afford to buy homes and apartments every year, this project aims to change that. However, the goal is not just to provide a roof rather build efficient houses which are beneficial to the people and the country. Implementation of international standards can help us build such houses with ease.

One of the standards focusing towards this cause is ISO 23045; ISO 23045 is one of a kind standard that provides guidelines on establishing energy efficient in buildings.

The objectives of ISO 23045:2008 are to assist designers and practitioners when collecting and providing the useful data that are required at different stages of the design process and to fulfill the definitions of the building as prepared by building designers. This International Standard applies to new buildings and is applicable to space air-conditioning equipment and the heating plant in new buildings. Introducing energy efficiency in the design process leads to a reduction in energy demand through a global approach to the building, including analysis of the building location, definition of the building envelope, energy systems and products.

The building sector is recognized as a major contributor to the build-up of greenhouse gases. These emissions of COto the atmosphere could be reduced significantly through the application of International Standards relating to the energy-efficient design of buildings and building mechanical equipment.

Moreover this standard helps to increase rational use of natural resources and ISO 23045:2008 will help the building sector design buildings to a specified level of efficiency. ISO 23045:2008 will assist in collecting and providing information regarding the energy efficiency of the building under consideration, conducting the iterative process to ensure improved energy efficiency of buildings and obtaining the target values for energy efficiency ratios used in labeling or information to public or/and consumers.

This project is one of the most important and major project of the current government therefore the use of international standards will help it achieve its goals in a more efficient and cost effective way. This initiative will give a boost to the construction industry, jump start economy and bring prosperity in the region.




Strengthening local government system by implementing ISO 18091

For the system of a country to run smoothly, the government needs to be efficient and strong. Since this local government needs to take care of everything starting from the transport issues to the public lighting, civil protection and much more, thus they need to act smartly. People expect a lot from these official bodies and want to see them in action. This is where ISO 18091, quality management systems – guidelines for the application of ISO 9001 in local government, makes a real difference.

It provides diagnostic models and tools for implementing a comprehensive quality management system that will contribute to making local authorities both efficient and reliable.

We can build stronger regional, national and global governments simply by strengthening integrity in local governance. ISO 18091 constitutes an excellent guide for local governments to reassure citizens that their needs and expectations are fully understood and met on a consistent basis and in a timely manner.

ISO 18091 is the first ISO standard directed at the public sector that gives guidelines for the implementation of ISO 9001 in local government, taking account of the context in which it operates. It has been updated to include the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 for quality management systems and a series of annexes to help users get the most out of the standard, including a diagnostic methodology for local authorities to evaluate the scope and maturity of their processes and services.

This standard is an important tool for the government in order to measure their progress and more than that it helps them achieve their targets. This standard helps you to become more professional which in turn saves resources and helps an area to grow economically. The local government has the biggest challenge with them as they are the ones who are directly in contact with the public therefore they are the ones at risk and their key to survival is delivering excellent performance. It is not possible for the government to manage everything if they do not follow proper procedure. This is where our standard helps you to efficiently manage your duties.

When leadership lacks at the top level then its effects are seen till the lowest level. Failure of local governments to do their duty properly leads to people losing their interest and trust. People have entrusted you with a big responsibility and moreover you have given them your word that you will solve their issues but if you fail to do so than these people will not hesitate to replace you. They will go against you and your opponents will be benefited from these circumstances. You will be seen as unfit for the job and once the relationship of trust between you and the public is broken than you can never rebuild it. Therefore one cannot take any chances at this crucial stage and the best way to resolve your issues is through international quality standards.

ISO 18091 is a one of the best standard to support you in this scenario. It will guide you, provide you with solutions and most importantly it will help you avoid any sort of chaos. All the guidelines indicated in ISO 18091:2014 are generic and applicable to all local governments, regardless of their type, size and product/service provided. The user can apply the guidance contained in ISO 18091:2014 as a whole or, in part, as necessary, to their maximum benefit.