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Promoting low-carbon construction in rural India

The construction sector is an important driver of growth in the Indian economy and contributor to employment. It also plays a vital and complicated role in efforts to tackle climate change. The sector emits about 22 per cent of India’s total annual CO2 emissions, which is expected to increase as the population grows. At the same time, buildings and infrastructure are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, particularly natural disasters, such as floods and cyclones. 

Therefore, within the construction sector there is great potential to promote climate compatible development, both in terms of reducing GHG emissions and building homes which can withstand natural disasters.


  • The project aimed to address existing significant gaps in capacity in making the public housing and infrastructure development programmes of rural and semi-urbanised India climate compatible.
  • The project focussed on developing knowledge and capacities on resource-efficient and disaster-resilient construction planning and practice tailored to different climatic conditions in India.


  • As part of the project, a training kit was developed which aims to bridge the capacity gap by generating knowledge support for climate compatible solutions for small towns and rural spaces to build capacity for policy makers, building professionals and artisans.
  • Three different training modules have been designed by Development Alternatives for each group on climate compatible construction. These are two day exercises to orient the participants towards using low carbon and resilient construction concepts while designing policies and programmes. The training module guide is designed for the use of trainers only. The training kit comprises of documents needed to implement the workshop.

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Start Date:07/01/2011
End Date:10/30/2013
Funded by:CDKN


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