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Wind Catcher

Bringing back cheap proven and tested cooling systems

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

With the advancement of technology and the development of ACs, simple inventions such as the wind catcher (an apparatus which catches air from high above urban dwellings and funnels it down a tube into the dwellings to ventilate and cool in order to combat the heat) appear to have been forgotten. However, the initial cost of ACs and the ongoing cost of their upkeep and related bills make AC’s completely unattainable for those people in the low-income sector of developing countries. This, combined with issues of electricity load-shedding and the extreme heat experienced in many developing countries leaves us searching for a viable solution for the urban poor. Bringing Wind Catchers back is the idea here. It is the cheapest, most efficient way to keep temperatures down in densely populated areas. Since there are records of people using wind catchers going back to 1300 BC we are not only suggesting a solution to the problem of heat management for the poor but are also preserving a historic relic which has real value for significant number of people feeling the extreme effects of climate change today without and affordable solution.

WHO BENEFITS?

People living in slum communities and the low income sector will benefit from the Wind Catcher come-back.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Financially, slum-dwellers are not able to afford the initial outlay for AC’s, not to mention the cost of upkeep and electricity bills associated with them so there is an urgent requirement to come up with a new method of cooling urban dwellings for the urban poor especially in times where weather is becoming more extreme as a consequence of climate change. The Wind Catcher provides an alternative method of cooling which is affordable, has proven to be effective in the past and doesn’t use up already low energy reserves in countries like Pakistan- where electricity load-shedding is a common and frequent issue.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Ansaar Management Company (AMC) is a social enterprise taking on the challenge of developing low-income housing in Pakistan. AMC is poised to not only build sustainable housing, but to also manage the critical and complex intricacies of community development.

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