From 1990, BMTPC has been working towards operationalising a comprehensive and integrated approach for promotion of cost-effective, environment-friendly & energy-efficient innovative building materials and construction technologies for housing in urban and rural areas including disaster resistant practices. BMTPC has been successfully facilitating the propagation of these technologies from lab to land. The technologies promoted by BMTPC were supported by upscaling, mechanization, standardization, dissemination, capacity building and field level application. The efforts of BMTPC are concentrated for creating enabling environment as regards affordable housing and sustainable development.
In this process, the Council has been instrumental in introduction of a number of building materials and technologies based on agro-industrial wastes such as flyash based bricks/blocks, cellular light weight concrete, bamboo based materials, bagasse boards etc. Partial pre-fabrication is another area which is being propagated by the Council. Using pre-fabricated components, a number of houses in different States have been constructed for demonstration purposes. For increased productivity and quality, the Council has developed easy-to-operate simple machines, which are being used in construction with encouraging results all over the country. The Council also lends support in the policy intervention matters of Government of India related with saving of forest, top layer of soil, environmental degradation, energy conservation, waste utilisation, disaster mitigation & management, etc.
For field application of cost effective technology, the Council constructed demonstration houses in several places like Dehradun, Bilaspur, Trichy, Nagpur, Kudalu, Bangalore under erstwhile VAMBAY Scheme of Government of India. In order to spread awareness and create confidence in the area of cost effective, energy efficient, environment friendly technologies, the Council regularly takes up construction of demonstration structures such as houses, informal markets, school buildings, community buildings etc. The recently ongoing and completed projects are in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Harayana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh.
BMTPC also strives to promote use of local resources and skills in building construction such as structural use of Bamboo in housing and building construction, particularly in North Eastern Region. The Council has taken various initiatives such as construction of demonstration structures in Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya, establishment of Bamboo Mat Production Centres in North Eastern Region and Kerala.
With the efforts of the Council, a number of Indian Standards have been formulated in close association with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on cost effective technologies such as flyash bricks, RCC planks & joist, bamboo mat corrugated roofing sheets etc. Also BMTPC prepares and submits draft Standards on innovative technologies to BIS for formulation of Indian Standards. At present, two draft Standards on Rat Trap Bond in Bricks and Filler Slabs are under process at BIS. Through Performance Appraisal Certification Scheme (PACS), the Council is carrying out performance evaluation of new and emerging materials, technologies and construction systems, on which there are no standards available. In the process so far 20 PAC (Performance Appraisal Certificates) has been issued on various innovative systems and products.
Apart from home-grown technologies and materials, the Council is working towards bringing emerging technologies like Rapidwall Construction System, Monolithic Construction System, which are successful elsewhere in the world, to bring cost, economy, quality, environmental protection and speed in housing construction. In this direction, the Council is evaluating emerging technologies under the guidance of Technology Advisory Group setup by Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.