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SBC Trust Fund Project: Development of Sustainable Housing Design Tool "SHERPA"

  • Published on May 17, 2017
Supported by the 10YFP SBC Trust Fund and developed by UN-Habitat, CRAterre-ENSAG, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Cambridge, SHERPA is a free sustainable housing design tool. In the future, it is envisioned to also be a forum for discussing what sustainable housing means in the 21st century. The tool has been tested and applied by the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme, Yaam Solidaritè (Burkina Faso), Architecture sans Frontièrs Nepal and SofoNic (Nicaragua). The software itself has been developed by Aptivate, UK. You can find the tool at www.sherpa4housing.org or app.sherpa4housing.org, if accessing it via your phone's browser.
The three main expected accomplishments of the project are the following: EA 1: Existing SHERPA methodology markedly improved, made adaptable to various local contexts, and made accessible and freely available; EA 2: Sustainability of selected housing projects objectively improved; EA 3: Broad acceptance of SHERPA within the wider housing community of practice The Sustainable Housing Design Tool ‘SHERPA’ is an effort to provide accessible and free guidance to project managers and housing practitioners of all professions. While sustainability of housing in developed countries has primarily focused on energy-efficiency measures and the improvement of the existing building stock, SHERPA will also cover socio-cultural, economic and resilience indicators. It aims at encouraging low-tech and low-carbon approaches along the life cycle of buildings and settlements and covering different scales impacting on social, cultural, environmental and economic aspects: from the territory and neighbourhood level down to the individual household. Lastly, by providing an accessible space for sharing and evaluating housing projects online, it will be a forum for discussing and understanding the myriad impacts housing has on consumption and production patterns as well as the sustainability of lifestyles. Completed Activities: A1.1 SHERPA Training of Practitioners A1.2 End of Project Webinar A1.3 Follow-up bilaterals with Project Teams on institutional integration of SHERPA 2.0, including possible training to colleagues and partners by Project Team members A1.4 Students of “DSA-Terre in Earthen Architecture” introduced to SHERPA 2.0 A2.1 Report of current country project design (baseline report for participating projects in Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Nepal) A2.2 Report of updated country project design [End of Project] B1.1 Testing SHERPA v1.0 B1.2 Feedback Report 1 by participating projects B2.1 Design Brief v1.5 B2.2 Software Development v1.5 C1.1 Testing SHERPA v1.5 C1.2 Feedback Report 2 C2.1 Design Brief v2.0 C2.2 Software Development v2.0 D1.3 Online hosting for 2 years D1.4 Monitoring and Final Report To be implemented: D1.1 Production of How-To-Video D1.2 Translation into ES FR The following objectives have been achieved: EA 1: Existing SHERPA methodology markedly improved, made adaptable to various local contexts, and made accessible and freely available; EA 2: Sustainability of selected housing projects objectively improved; EA 3: Broad acceptance of SHERPA within the wider housing community of practice The project directly responds to SDG 11.1, 11.c and a number of provisions in the New Urban Agenda (and previous declarations) related to the environmental impact of housing production both in terms of operational energy as well as resource extraction, with the objective of influencing design decisions to the point where these impacts are markedly reduced. The slow uptake and currently minimal market share of building sustainability assessment and benchmarking schemes in the Global South has, however, shown that necessary conditions for quantifying these improvements are currently not given (cost barrier, lack of data and incentives for integration at policy or project level). The tool intends to strike a balance between ease of accessibility and allowing the user to infer reasonably the extent to which environmental objectives were archieved. In addition, SHERPA provides housing practitioners from the public, private, community and non-governmental sectors, with or without extensive technical expertise, an accessible tool for evaluating their housing project's responsiveness to social, cultural and economic sustainability dimensions. SHERPA 2.0 is now live at www.sherpa4housing.org and app.sherpa4housing.org (if you are accessing it via a mobile browser). Feel free to let us know what you think and how we can improve the tool at info@sherpa4housing.org.
Project start date
16/01/2017
Project end date
16/01/2017

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