SUSTAINABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS

SMIT Technology, SUSTAINABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS

After studying the market for the most part of the previous year, 2019 is seen as a good opportunity for stakeholders to come together and share their thoughts, practices, and concerns regarding the housing situation among the urban poor so that ultimately, we can provide sustainable housing solutions and finally put a roof over each homeless person and family living in the streets. It is expected that the engagement of different stakeholders will prove to be fertile ground for the progress of housing and urban development in our society. Sharing of best practices from local and international organizations will be helpful. First of all, it is important to define what makes up a sustainable housing solution? Then, each organization can share their experience with sustainable technology. From here, we can come up with a Best Practice Sustainable House that incorporates all the valuable points of the different organizations. Although we have seen from some organizations that this is already being done, we want to give the target consumers more options and informed choices to make their investment worthwhile and also uplift their conditions from informal to formal settlements. It is also important to define the issues and challenges that the housing sector faces and what they entail to each sector – public or private alike. Issues such as laws and policies, architectural design, pricing of sustainable construction materials, financing among others need to be discussed. There are also cross-cutting issues that need to be considered such as disaster risk reduction and management, age and gender sensitivity, environmental concerns, and holistic community development. At the end of the day, it is about delivering solutions and results. This can be demonstrated through direct involvement in a best practice sustainable housing project as a test run. We can work with the government and community groups that are already involved in sustainable housing.