Low Carbon Building Group leads new United Nations research project on mainstreaming sustainable social housing in India

Monday, 12 December 2016

Sustainable social housing in India

The Low Carbon Building Group at Oxford Brookes University has launched an international research project on ‘Mainstreaming sustainable social housing in India’ (MaS-SHIP), funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The two-year research project, worth $181k (USD), seeks to promote sustainability in terms of environmental performance, affordability and social inclusion as an integrated part of social housing in India.

Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development and the Low Carbon Building Group at Oxford Brookes University, is leading the project. He said: “The project seeks to develop an innovative Decision Support Tool (DST) that helps to integrate sustainable design, construction and management practices. 

“The applicability of the DST will be tested in two selected social housing projects to ensure that the environment, social and economic aspects in social housing are addressed and the proposed sustainable construction practices are implemented.”

The project seeks to develop an innovative Decision Support Tool (DST) that helps to integrate sustainable design, construction and management practices.

Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University

A project launch event took place in New Delhi in October and was attended by delegates from the Ministry of Housing, developers, financial institutions, academics and architects. 

The project builds on previous research led by Professor Gupta on greening social housing internationally for UN-Habitat.

The Low Carbon Building Group is one of the eight research groups under the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development – a multi-disciplinary research institute at Oxford Brookes University. The Low Carbon Building Group has ongoing research projects worth over £5million. 

For more information about the MaS-SHIP project, please visit www.mainstreamingsustainablehousing.org.

MaS-SHIP project leaflet is available to download online