Updated app available on Google Play Store
Surakshit Ghar (Safe House), a mobile application, has been recently updated to include a range of new features for homeowners to use this coming build season.
Homeowners can now get free drawings of safe and earthquake resistant houses as per their requirement in a click of buttons.
The newly updated version of the app has a public searchable and downloadable design library which has over 1,100 approved house drawings.
These buildings are now able to be sorted by a range of values such as type design, room number and size, and openings such as windows and doors. Once a house is selected, the homeowner is able to download both a Bill of Quantities (that includes a price estimate) and a comprehensive and completely free set of house drawings that the homeowner can use to build their house. This means that the homeowner is able to get house designs completely free of cost, regardless of where they are living.
If the design that the homeowner requires is not in the public library, the Surakshit Ghar app will direct the user to a page were they can contact their local Technical Support Center (TSC.) This page has contact details including address and phone numbers of each of the TCSs in operation across Nepal.
The homeowner will then be able to contact their local TSC and obtain a free of cost house drawing as per their requirements. The newly updated version also consists of a number of new manuals developed by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).
These are freely downloadable and are designed for both homeowners and construction personnel. These include advisory notes on correction techniques to bring non-compliant houses up to a compliant level, in-line with government approved standards, and government approved repair and retrofit manuals.
Speaking at the local launch event of the newly-updated Surakshit Ghar mobile app in Jiri of Dolakha, Mayor of Jiri Municipality Tanka Bahadur Jirel said, “We are very hopeful that the newly-updated features in the Surakshit Ghar mobile app will greatly assist the community members of Jiri in building safe and earthquake resistant houses.”
Surakshit Ghar is developed by Build Change for the NRA to provide remote awareness and technical assistance to earthquake affected homeowners on how to safely rebuild their house. This application contains official NRA messages along with images, illustrations, newsfeeds, audio clips and videos on safe reconstruction.
The above new and exciting features will mean that more homeowners are able to access these resources in the coming build seasons.
For more information on what this application can do, please visit the NRA website.