Since 1979, CRAterre, the International center for Earthen architecture, has worked towards the recognition of earth materials as a valid response to the challenges linked to the protection of the environment, the preservation of cultural diversity and the fight against poverty. In this perspective, CRAterre's three main objectives are centered on: Visit Partner's Website:
• Optimizing the use of local resources, human and natural
• Improving housing and living conditions
• Valorising and promoting cultural diversity.
CRAterre has assembled a multidisciplinary team of researchers, professionals, lecturers and trainers, working in collaboration with many partners, as a means to establish creative links between research, in-the-field activities as well as training, knowledge dissemination and sensitization activities.
EcoSur addresses the great housing deficit in southern countries. Whether through social housing projects with locally produced construction materials (eco-materials) and designs to resist natural disasters, or ongoing research that connects science with practice, EcoSouth confronts the housing issue. We have specialized in fast actions to locally produce and build solid and durable shelters at low cost after hurricanes and earthquakes.
The EcoSouth Network engages in South-South communication and knowledge sharing through its website, periodicals, seminars and conferences, and brings this to the grass roots through technology transfer, provision of equipment and consulting.
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Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization working in over 70 countries, whose vision is a world in which everyone has an adequate place to live. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to facilitating access to adequate housing by low-income communities through incremental housing support services, sustainable building practices, access to safe water and sanitation and energy, security of tenure, inclusionary financing and community development. Habitat also seeks to impact the housing sector through market development strategies and policy work. Habitat for Humanity works through a broad network of national Habitat organizations and partners strategically with governments, the private sector and other NGOs. Since 1976, Habitat has served 800,000 families in more than 80 countries. Visit Partner's Website:
Habitat for Humanity
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan(INBAR) is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to improving the livelihoods of the poor producers and users of bamboo and rattan, within the context of a sustainable natural environment. Since our formal establishment in 1997, INBAR has been at the forefront of international efforts to promote greater use of sustainable bamboo materials in construction. Our work on sustainable bamboo construction focuses on three key themes:
1. Sharing and adapting traditional bamboo construction technologies. Bamboo has been utilized in construction for millennia and there are many existing, low-cost technologies that INBAR helps to disseminate and adapt across the world.
2. Innovation of new bamboo construction technologies and designs. Among our many achievements on bamboo building, INBAR has helped to develop improved, safer designs for bamboo scaffolding, as well as new laminated bamboo construction technology for prefabricated bamboo housing.
3. Providing policy support for bamboo-based construction. As part of our policy work, INBAR has played a key role in developing three international standards for bamboo design and testing, as well as helping a number of our member countries develop their own national standards and codes.
INBAR connects a global network of partners from the Government, private and non-profit sectors in over 50 countries and has offices in Beijing, China, New Delhi, India, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kumasi, Ghana, and Quito, Ecuador. Visit Partner's Website:
International Network for Bamboo and Ratan (INBAR)
The EcoHouse Initiative is a multi-disciplinary research and development platform, based at the University of Cambridge, which harnesses the power of innovation and collaboration to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. It brings students, academics, industry and local partners under one roof to find and deploy the most sustainable technologies for urban communities in the developing world. Visit Partner's Website:
University of Cambridge
EcoHouse Research is a branch of the initiative charged with the task of driving the academic research element that underlines all projects. As such EcoHouse Research assists in the development of over-arching research themes and engages with research teams across the globe to advance our current understanding. It hosts the initiatives scientific input and aims to share information and knowledge by means of journal publications, presentations, conferences and other networking platforms.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the biggest multi-technologicalapplied research organization in Northern Europe. VTT has done research on different aspects of sustainable building since decades. There’s a continuous stream of international research projects related with sustainability metrics and building performance, indoor climate and energy efficiency, product development, sustainability assessment and decision support tools. The present focus is increasingly stretched towards sustainable neighbourhoods covering also infrastructure and economic and social assessment.
Based on the wide expertise accumulated, and building on recent experiences carried within EU, but also in e.g. China, Russia, Finland, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Libya and Zambia, VTT's EcoCities provide a framework for sustainable community and neighbourhood regeneration and development fitting well to emerging economies and developing countries.
EcoCities is built around a strong collaboration with reliable local partners to answer to local needs. Our EcoCity approach is flexible allowing the implementation of expert solutions meeting local conditions and customized to varying socio-economic realities worldwide.Main know-how offerings in the EcoCity development include:
• Prevention of and adaptation to climate change
• Low-energy, zero energy and plus-energy buildings
• Waste and water technologies
• Sustainability assessment of the built environment
• Sustainable city planning
• Environmental applications of ICT
• Clean products and processes
• Sustainable energy systems
• Environmental risk management and monitoring technologies
• Sustainable transport
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VTT – Technical Research Center of Finland
The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), at Oxford Brookes University, was founded in 2004. OISD is one of the UK's largest research institutes dedicated to sustainable development research in the built and natural environments. It consists of eight core and two associated research groups. OISD addresses the multiple dimensions of sustainable development and the synergies and processes that link them, through a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach.
More specifically in relation to the GNSH activities our work covers relevant areas such as affordable housing policy and land markets in the global South; green jobs creation through sustainable refurbishment; carbon mapping and carbon counting (e.g., the DECoRUM model); integrated carbon, waste and cost modelling in construction;low carbon retrofitting and climate change adaptation of buildings and neighbourhoods; and building envelop systems.
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Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network. The IFRC is a neutral and impartial organization providing protection and assistance to people affected by disasters and conflicts. The IFRC is made up of nearly 100 million members, volunteers and supporters in 189 Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies.
Over the next ten years, guided by the Strategy 2020, the collective focus of the IFRC will be on achieving the following strategic aims:
• Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises
• Enable healthy and safe living
• Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.
Since 2006, the IFRC took up the commitment to scale up the capacity of NS to address shelter needs of populations affected by natural disasters and to take a lead role as Emergency Shelter Cluster convenor. This implies the coordination of humanitarian and development agencies implementing shelter, housing and settlement reconstruction after natural disasters.
The Shelter and Settlement department, at the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva, engages with National Societies and partner organisations to build capacity, share good practice, establish networks and support field-based operations before, during and after disasters and crises.
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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)