Related Initiatives

http://www.unep.org/sustainablesocialhousing/SUSHI - The Sustainable Social Housing Initiative

Developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), SUSHI aims to increase the use of sustainable (resource-efficient and energy-efficient) building and design solutions in social housing programs in developing countries.

The first phase of the SUSHI, SUSHI 1, was implemented in Bangkok, Thailand and Sao Paulo, Brazil and successfully completed early in 2011. SUSHI 1 resulted in the formulation of guidelines for integrating sustainable solutions in the design, construction and operation of social housing units, demonstration of sustainable building features in two social housing projects, and increased local capacity for disseminating sustainable buildings approach to other projects/locations.

As a result of the success of SUSHI 1, UNEP is now seeking to develop andimplementfollow-up projects to promote sustainablesolutions in social housing in other countries. The first locations identified for SUSHI Phase II are India and Bangladesh. In close cooperation with UN-Habitat and local stakeholders, the project is intended to create awareness, build capacity and achieve policy support for realizing the economic, social and environmental benefits associated with sustainable social housing programs.


SPOD – Sustainable Building Policies for Developing Countries

http://www.unep.org/sbci/pdfs/SPoD_2pager_english_130418.pdfCoordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), SPOD builds on the work completed jointly by the UNEP-SBCI and Finland-led Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Buildings and Construction (MTF). Specifically, it takes stock of the joint SBCI-MTF report “Buildings and Climate Change: Status, Challenges and Opportunities”(February 2007), the MTF Policy Recommendations to the Commission on Sustainable Development (May 2007), and the SBCI database on policy tools for energy efficiency in buildings (September 2007)


SPOD seeks to assist governments at national and local levels to develop policy tools in support of mainstreaming sustainable construction and building approaches, resulting in reduced carbon footprints from buildings. It is currently being implemented in with field tests in Southern Africa, with possible extensions or parallel projects other countries. The project hopes to provide:

  1. A ‘Quick-Scan’ tool (now on-line for review);
  2. Policy building blocks.
  3. Field test of the Quick -Scan tool and policy building blocks in two developing country locations.
  4. Design and implement an innovative dissemination strategy of project outputs, making full use of the SBCI and MTF networks.