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We invite you tuo the SHERPA Methodology for sustainable housing project: From beta version to (public) dissemination networking event.

HABITAT III SIDE EVENT, Wednesday 19 October from 04:30pm till 06:30pm
Venue: R10, Quito, Ecuador

Coordinating organization
CRAterre-ENSAG, International Centre for Earth Construction (National School of Architecture of Grenoble, AE&CC research unit)

Partners involved in the organization of the Networking Event
UN-Habitat, Housing Unit, Kenya
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
University of Cambridge, Natural Materials and Structures Group, UK
10YFP Sustainable Buildings and Construction Lead, Ministry of the Environment Finland
Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP), Kenya
Yaam Solidarité, Burkina Faso
Architecture sans Frontière Nepal
EcoSur - the Network for an Ecologically and Economically Sustainable Habitat, Ecuador


Developing countries, faced with environmental and demographic challenges, are acutely aware of the need for a transition to a more resource-efficient and inclusive economy while bettering the quality of life for all. Housing is recognized as one of the key sectors for achieving this transition. Realising Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns will not be possible without strong political and scientific leadership as well as appropriate and accessible tools for the producers and users of housing.
The event brings together leading experts and institutions working in the field of sustainable housing from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Nepal, Ecuador, France, Finland and the UK.

The first part of the event will consist of an open panel outlining the challenges around the production of more sustainable housing. The discussion will focus both on what was learned through research into alternative materials and technologies, but also from implementing housing projects with communities in different parts of the world. The panel will also offer insights into the impact implementable housing policies can have in this regard.

The second part of the event will present a project funded by the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production’s Sub-Programme on Sustainable Buildings and Construction, led by the Ministry of Environment of Finland, to develop a free, universally accessible and locally adaptable Sustainable Housing Design Tool entitled SHERPA. The methodology underlying SHERPA builds on an initiative by partners of the Global Network for Sustainable Housing (GNSH), intended to guide field staff, project managers and project designers make decision considering the economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts of housing projects at various phases of a project’s life-cycle.

Finally, the event is intended as an open discussion forum to directly feed into and be part of the development of SHERPA in the months to come.

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