Sustainable Housing Reconstruction in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Due to a more stable phase in the prolonged conflict of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN-Habitat recommends the initiation of permanent reconstruction and moving away from emergency shelter in the area. The reconstruction process is recommended to reflect the local political, socio-cultural and physical context of the area and build on sustainable use of local building materials. In addition, generation of employment and local economic development through participatory processes and capacity building of community members is a key objective.

Building Sustainability Assessment and Benchmarking

Over the past 30 years, the number, scope and complexity of tools for assessing the environmental impact of buildings has increased dramatically. Examining the emergence of building sustainability assessment and benchmarking as a global phenomenon as well as some of their political and practical barriers can be useful in order to understand their possible role in realizing objectives of the ‘New Urban Agenda’ and the policies to be influenced by it. 

EcoMaterials 5 conference to highlight sustainable construction ahead of Habitat III

Riobamba, Ecuador, 9 August 2016—Just a week before the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Human Settlements, Habitat III kicks off in Quito, a landmark meeting will be held in Riobamba city, setting the stage for sustainable construction.

The organisers of the EcoMaterials5 conference expect more than 200 participants and a dozen keynote speakers from industry, research, international organisations and civil society to present their unique perspectives on matters of the construction, maintenance and upkeep of habitat focusing on developing countries.

Environmentally sustainable cities, SDG implementation, New Urban Agenda under spotlight in Hanoi

09 March 2016, Hanoi – At the recent 7th High Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities in Vietnam, UN-Habitat promoted the issues of sustainable urbanisation, city planning, resilient city development and youth advocacy, in the context of the mobilisation of cities and stakeholders towards Habitat III, the UN conference on sustainable urban development taking place in October this year.

More than 400 participants converge in Quito to debate sustainable construction

Quito 28 April 2015-- More than 400 participants recently converged in Quito, Ecuador for the first International Forum on Sustainable Cities and Buildings that addressed various topics around sustainable construction. The event was organized by the Secretariat of Territory, Habitat and Housing and the Secretariat of Environment of the Metropolitan District of Quito (MDQ), in cooperation with the Ecuadorian Green Building Council (CEES).

Green Building Interventions for Social Housing

Given the substantial growth in new construction in economies in transition, and the inefficiencies of existing building stock worldwide, if nothing is done, GHG emissions from buildings will more than double in the next 20 years. Therefore, if global targets for GHG emissions reduction are to be met, it is essential that mitigation of GHG emissions from buildings must be on every national climate change strategy.

Sustainable Building Design for Tropical Climates

In 2010 the worldwide building sector was responsible for 24% of the total GHG emissions deriving from fossil fuel combustion, second only to the industrial sector; but, if the embodied energy of construction materials is included, the share is far higher and the building sector becomes the prime CHG emitter. Thus,building design and construction have a significant effect on the chances of meeting the 2 °C target (keeping global temperature increase to 2 °C ). 

Green Building Materials Fact Sheet: Bamboo

Bamboo has long been used as a traditional building material, and is achieving increasing popularity due to its potential for environmental sustainability. As a construction material, bamboo has similar properties as timber and often uses analogous techniques of structural framing, though the suitability of bamboo for construction is largely dependent on the species.