The New government house project is the response to an improved environment to enhance efficiency and create conducive atmosphere for government operation in Katsina.;It is due to open in 2013.
The sumptuously landscaped 2.5 hectares site in the new GRA has facilities ranging from residential accomodation,to offices, clinic and banquette hall for cultural functions.
The main environmental challenge is cooling the buildings from the semi-desert heat of Katsina and this is achieved partly with double-wall construction with cavity which serves as a thermal mass, and helps to maintain a constant internal temperature, high ceiling and carefully –detailed facades with deep overhangs which provide protection against solar heat gains while offering excellent views towards the gardens. Natural ventilation and daylight are exploited as much as possible, both to reduce energy consumption and to create enjoyable working conditions.