The State Government (through the State Company of Paraíba Popular Housing CEHAP), will receive the Merit Seal Award 2015 in early July for the Solar Energy Photovoltaic projects and Madura City projects in the categories “Regional Impact Projects” and “Projects Focused on Customer Specific Groups”. The state of Paraíba competed with more than 20 registered projects from all regions of Brazil.
This is the third time Paraíba has received an award.
The event was sponsored by the Brazilian Association of Cohabs and Housing Public Official and the National Forum of Housing and Urban Development Secretaries. The aim was to promote, encourage and disseminate the relevant projects of the states and municipalities within the social housing sector.
The award ceremony and exhibition of the winning projects will take place in the city of Campinas – SP, from June 30 to July 2, during the 62nd National Forum on Social Housing.. The event will be attended by the Minister of Cities, Gilberto Kassab, representatives of Caixa Econômica Federal, universities, public bodies and private and civil society.
The projects were judged by a committee formed by representatives of the Ministry of Cities, Federal Savings Bank, Bank of Brazil, the Brazilian Industry Chamber of Construction (CBIC) and the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Brasilia (UNB).
The award this year will also include 10 projects that stand out and are examples that can be replicated in other states.
Solar Energy – The use of photovoltaic solar energy began as a pilot project by Cehap, which implemented this in public housing in the Mangabeira neighbourhood of João Pessoa. Families that took part managed up to 70% reduction in average power consumption.