New building materials and emerging construction technologies for housing and building is the subject of continuous interest for the researcher, technologists, scientists and users. Increasing demand of traditional building materials such as stone, steel, wood, bricks and cement and overuse of natural resources for development and production of these traditional building materials has resulted in the environmental imbalances. On the other side the growing awareness about the various health hazards due to growing industrial wastes and shortage of land for dumping of these waste materials, has resulted in the development and promotion of various cost effective, recycled building materials and housing technologies. In last few decades, a number of products and technologies have been developed and made available of which, large number of products and technologies were commercialized and transferred to the land and also adopted in various demonstration housing projects.
To disseminate the knowledge about the new building materials and housing technologies all over the country, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA) has decided to put up Permanent Display Centres in different regions of the Country. BMTPC has already established such PDCs at BVB College of Engineering & Technology, Hubli, Karanataka; Centre for Planning & Technology, Ahmedabad, Gujarat; Samrat Ashok Technological Institute, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh; School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi; Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee; NIT Triuchrappalli, Tamil Nadu and Ordnance Factory’s Institute of Learning (Ordnance Factory Board), Ministry of Defence, Raipur, Dehradun, Uttrakhand.
On 2nd June, 2017, Dr. Nandita Chatterjee, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India inaugurated a Permanent Display Centre at the Dept. of Architecture & Regional Planning, IIT Khagarpur through video-conferencing in the august presence of Prof. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, Director IIT Kharagpur, and Prof. Subrata Chattopadhyay, Head, ARP.
Benefit to the Department: This Permanent Display Centre has 34 number of display panels and 06 physical models, depicting Demonstration Housing Projects using Green Technologies, Agro-industrial waste recycling into building materials, Emerging technologies for mass housing, Performance Appraisal Certification, Bamboo based building materials and components, Disaster mitigation & preparedness, towards achieving the target of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
The PDC will act as a walk-in tutorial for the students and disseminate the knowledge in the area of building materials and housing technologies. It will also encourage students to take up research topics in related fields.
The exhibits will be updated periodically to demonstrate further advances.