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GABC Member initiative: Sustainable Housing Design Tool SHERPA

Status: Implementation

Area: Global

Short goal: Expected Accomplishment 1: Existing SHERPA methodology markedly improved, made adaptable to various local contexts, and made accessible and freely available; Expected Accomplishment 2: Sustainability of selected housing projects objectively improved.

Short deadline: 2017

Long goal: Expected Accomplishment 3: Broad acceptance of SHERPA within the wider housing community of practice, leading to improved project designs in the low-income housing sector especially in developing countries and countries in transition.

Progress: First participatory design workshop held in Ecuador in October of 2016. Interested practitioners can sign up to the SHERPA mailing list at unhabitat.org/sherpa to be informed once the first version is publically available (approximately May 2017).

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Summary

The project will develop a free, easy-to-use, and locally adaptable Sustainable Housing Design Tool to assist housing practitioners in developing countries in designing exemplary socially and culturally responsive, climate-resilient and economically sustainable housing projects. A core methodology with indicators and weightings was created and a first working alpha version developed. Now, extensive field testing and the development of an easy-to-use, multi-functional user interface for both online and offline applications is being undertaken.

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