Funded by the 10YFP Trust Fund and developed by Oxford Brookes University, Development Alternatives Group, TERI and UN-HABITAT, this two year research project seeks to promote sustainability in terms of environmental performance, affordability and social inclusion as an integrated part of social housing in India. The project will develop a Decision Support Tool (DST) that will provide guidelines at the conceptual stage of housing projects to enable the adoption of sustainable building .

Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Environmental Services, Buildings and construction, Energy, Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

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Jessica Karhu

Senior sustainability specialist

Green Building Council Finland

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The project aims to enable the mainstreaming of sustainable construction practices in social housing in urban India. The primary focus of the project is to enhance sustainability in the construction of social housing through adoption of suitable construction as well as operations & management practices. The primary objectives of the project are to:
1. Facilitate sustainability in social housing projects through the adoption of sustainable building materials and construction technologies by social housing providers (such as government bodies, private developers, building material manufacturers, architects).

2. Develop a policy framework for sustainable social housing with a focus on operational energy use, judicious use of material and natural resources in construction, financial practices promoting sustainability and socio-economic considerations.
The project, during its course, seeks to establish systems for promotion and acceptance of more sustainable decision-making in social housing provision through awareness generation and knowledge dissemination through outreach products, workshops, stakeholder dialogues and roundtable discussion.


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Impact and Results

The outputs of the project include the following:
1. Decision Support Tool (DST) for designers, developers and consultants, which lays down the fundamentals and methodology for planning, implementation and operation practices, necessary for achieving sustainability in housing projects and developments. The tool is envisaged to be interactive, informative and web-based manual, seeking to provide customized advice to the users. The tool would be based on extensive literature review and surveys with stakeholders with respect to existing social housing scenario, and the possible gaps with reference to sustainability i.e., environmental (resource and energy efficiency), social (access, culturally sensitive, livelihoods etc.) and economic (financial inclusion, affordable).
Based on these parameters, a Sustainability Index (core part of DST) will be developed (using Macros in Excel and then refined to be web-based) based on a multi-criteria decision support system, to provide designers, developers and consultants with evidence based performance information that would aid decision making in their choice of building materials and construction technologies.

2. Policy/practice briefings for policy-makers and practitioners based on the key findings of the study with respect to mechanisms for mainstreaming sustainability (environmental, social and economic) aspects in affordable urban housing at national and sub-national levels.

3. Technical Reports based on synthesis of primary and secondary data and results from stakeholder consultations.

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