GJ REPORT JAMMU, MAY 29: Minister for Housing and Urban Development Department, Sat Sharma visited the Building Centre to take stock of the functioning of the unit. During the visit, the Minister has apprised that building centre promotes cost-effective building technologies and manufacturing of low-cost building materials substitute to conventional building materials. Its main objectives are to collect, develop and disseminate information on various low-cost technologies besides to provide assistance for promoting entrepreneurship by organizing various training programmes and standardization of modular construction practices. The Minister inspected products manufactured by building centre such as cement concrete Blocks, Hollow Blocks, Tiles/Pavers, drains, curbstones, RCC drain covers, slabs and driveway pavers. Sat Sharma was further apprised by Director Ashok Kumar Mahajan that these products are cost-effective, environment-friendly and meet quality standards. He was further briefed that these materials with outstanding performance awards from Housing & Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO)/Building Material & Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), Government of India are widely appreciated including latest RAT-TRAP BOND made of cement concrete Bricks, he observed that with this new technology about 20% of bricks could be saved and there is an insulation in walls which can reduce the internal temperature by 4 to 5% degrees.