SHERPA // Your Guide to Sustainable Housing

  • SHERPA is a free sustainable housing design tool. You can find it at or, if accessing it via the browser of your mobile phone. It will be a forum for discussing what sustainable housing can be in the 21st century.


What should sustainable housing be in the 21st Century?

Supported by the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) and the Cities and UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI), UN-Habitat, CRAterre-ENSAG, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Cambridge have developed the tool in collaboration with the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP), Yaam Solidarité (Burkina Faso) and Architecture sans Frontièrs Nepal. The development of the software was undertaken by Aptivate, UK. SHERPA advocates for an approach towards sustainable housing as envisioned by UN-Habitat and its partners, applying the four pillars of sustainability (social, environmental, economic, and cultural). The tool is named after the Sherpa people of Nepal who help alpinists reach the highest peaks of the Himalayas. We hope that SHERPA will help you in your quest for designing truly sustainable housing projects.”


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