The Sustainable Social Housing Initiative (SUSHI) was initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2009 to promote the use of resource and energy efficient building solutions in social housing programs in developing countries. Although the initial focus was to improve the environmental performance of units, the project evolved to a broader definition of sustainability, encompassing actions for social equity and economic durability.
SUSHI I (Brazil and Thailand)
The project was carried out simultaneously in two selected locations: Bangkok (Thailand) and São Paulo (Brazil). From 2009 to 2011, each project team developed a local approach and selected targeted solutions to improve sustainability in social housing, considering local priorities, challenges, and previous experiences.
The objective was not only to improve the housing units’ environmental performance, but also create the momentum for a broader commitment to sustainability in social housing. In partnership with local stakeholders, project teams raised awareness of the potential benefits of sustainable solutions, mapped available technologies and solutions, conducted trainings to build capacity in technical and political spheres, and provided concrete and locally-appropriate recommendations to social housing developers.
SUSHI II (India and Bangladesh)
SUSHI is currently being implemented in India and Bangladesh to strengthen local capacities for the integration of sustainable solutions in social housing programs. This phase of the project will be implemented until the end of 2014 to test the SUSHI guidelines and approach in the selected countries. In addition to finding solutions for improving sustainability in social housing at local level, the project include a stronger focus on financing opportunities and on monitoring methodologies for sustainable social housing.
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