Gauge has been appointed to develop bylaws for mid-size and smaller towns in Africa which support the development of more sustainable built environments. The bylaws are responsive to local needs and issues as well as global sustainability imperatives and address areas such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste and recycling, biodiversity, urban agriculture, densification and small enterprise development.

Gauge

Implemented in

  • Africa

Sector of activity
Buildings and construction

Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools

Start date
10/01/2019

Objectives

The project will support a shift to more sustainable modes of consumption and production by supporting built environments and urban settlements which are more energy and water efficient, produce less waste and pollution, use local resources and skills, support the local economy, education and health and encourage users to develop living and working patterns that are more sustainable.

Activities

Bylaws have been developed and piloted. These will be refined in discussing with local councils and through public participation processes.

Impact and Results

This initiative has significant potential to improve environmental, social and economic sustainability performance of built environments, neighbourhoods and urban areas. This has been confirmed by previous projects and will be monitored and evaluated in this project as far as possible.

Next steps and how to get involved

We would be interested in partners such as municipalities, developers and community organisations wishing to develop, or refine sustainable building policy, legislation, bylaws, tools and guidelines, as well as projects.