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Project • LCI2013-01CMY(R)-Vashist, LCI2012-01NMY(R)-Vashist

Identification of policy and institutional gaps, drivers and strategies to scale-up low carbon and energy efficient technology application in the construction and infrastructure sectors in South Asia

The growth of the sector has critical environmental implications. It has been estimated that buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the total global energy used, and contribute to approximately one-third of the global greenhouse emissions, both in the developed and the developing countries (UNEP SBCI, 2007). Apart from the energy footprint, it also has a high resource footprint. With is understanding of the status of the construction sector in South Asia and the increasing demand for housing in these respective countries, the project aimed to focus on the housing sector especially social housing in small and peri-urban areas. Thus in order to build a narrative on use of low-carbon technology options in South Asia, case studies on the application of such technology options were documented in the 3 selected countries, namely India (Fly-ash bricks, prefabrication, bamboo), Nepal (Hollow Concrete Blocks, Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks, Bamboo) and Pakistan (Vertical Shaft Brick Kilns, Hydraulic Lime and Earth and Bamboo).

Overall, the case studies on low carbon and energy efficient materials and technologies from across South Asia revealed that the construction sector as a whole is these countries is disaggregated with complex interlinks among both the public and private stakeholders. While low carbon materials and technologies do exist, their adoption and mainstreaming of these materials and technologies continue to be an uphill task. While policies and markets need to be strengthened, capacity building and more importantly awareness generation is crucial for the successful adoption of these technologies. Thus attention needs to be paid to all stakeholders in the value chain, their coordination and cooperation in mainstreaming the use of these materials and technologies, which will thus result in the transition towards more green and inclusive economies.

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Project publications

Peer-reviewed publication • 2016

Upscaling the Application of Low-Carbon and Energy-Efficient Technology in the Construction Sector

Report • 2016

Bamboo Construction: Low Carbon and Disaster Resilient Alternative

Report • 2016

Green Construction Material

Report • 2016

Energy Efficient Brick Production: Vertical Shaft Brick Kilns

Report • 2016

Use of Hydraulic Lime and Earth in Disaster Risk Management

Report • 2016

Low Carbon and Resource Efficient Technology: Scaling Up of Fly Ash Brick Technology in India

Report • 2016

Case Study On Hollow Concrete Block Housing, Bamboo Housing and Other Traditional Housing Technologies in Nepal

Report • 2016

Upscaling the Application of Low Carbon and Resource Efficient Technologies in India

Report • 2016

Upscaling the Application of Low Carbon and Resource Efficient Technologies in South Asia

Conference material • 2016

Workshop Proceedings: Low Carbon Options for South Asian Countries and Sectors

Report • 2016

Project Final Report: LCI2013-01CMY(R)-Vashist

Brief • 2015

Bamboo Construction: Low Carbon and Disaster Resilient Alternative in Pakistan

Brief • 2015

Use of Hydraulic Lime and Earth in Disaster Risk Management in Pakistan

Brief • 2015

Towards Upscaling the Application of Low-carbon and Energy-efficient Technology in the Construction Sector

Brief • 2014

Low Carbon and Resource Efficient Technology: Scaling-up of Fly Ash Brick Technology in India

Brief • 2014

Bamboo: Green Construction Material in India