It is a well established fact that rapid deterioration of the environment, soaring fuel prices and dire need of economic growth are among few factors that lure the world’s nations to search and develop alternate sources of fuel to fulfill their energy requirements. Conventional methods of energy production are proven to be costly affairs for developing regions of the world. The persistent power breakdowns in developing countries like Pakistan has paralyzed the economy and has also affected the daily energy needs of urban and rural housing of Pakistan. Through this study, the option of renewable energy has been evaluated as the prime energy source of the future, both in developed and developing countries. This study presents a comparative analysis of renewable energy use in developing countries other than Pakistan. In addition, the study addresses the issues of energy crisis in rural housing and the potential to adopt renewable energy as the prime source of energy for housing in rural and remote settlements of Pakistan. The aim of this is to explore the adoption of renewable energy in global perspective and review the rural housing design for adoption of renewable energy.
Key words: Rural housing design, renewable energy, rural housing electrification.
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