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CET Alumnus on the forefront of Sustainable Development

October 29, 2019, 6:30:00 PM

In his vibrant career spanning over three decades in the field of sustainable architecture, Dr Benny Kuriakose has built residential buildings, resorts, and commercial structures using traditional, locally sourced, and eco-friendly materials like timber, stone, and earthen. His adherence to the universal principles of architecture can be seen in the wide spectrum of his works, including the Dakshinachitra project in Chennai and the Muziris Heritage Project in Kerala.

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"Trees are the only things that can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. If timber is allowed to decay or is burnt, then carbon dioxide is emitted back into the atmosphere as part of the carbon cycle. But when timber is used for buildings, carbon is not emitted back into the atmosphere. If more and more timber is used in buildings, and more trees are grown, the global warming trend can be reversed, and this is the most important thing to be done at the moment," adds Benny, elaborating on the need to integrate timber as the main construction material.