Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines

For each dwelling unit, the following components should be addressed:

  • Roof: Select materials that enhance thermal insulation and can withstand high wind loads.
  • Structure: Implement reinforcement techniques to improve overall structural resilience.
  • Walls: Introduce materials that prevent seepage and enhance heat insulation.
  • Floor/Plinth: Provide solutions to enhance flood resilience and moisture protection.
  • Details: Integrate materials that align with local building traditions and aesthetics, incorporating thoughtful elements for optimal light and ventilation.

Proposals shall include:

  1. Improved Techniques: Enhancing the use of existing local materials to make them more sustainable, resilient, and effective against climate challenges.
  2. Alternative Materials: Introducing new, locally available, cost-effective materials with its execution techniques.

Should be backed by research on its suitability for the chosen climate zone and how it addresses the identified challenges and should benefit local artisans and skilled laborers that they should be able to use and benefit from the techniques suggested.

Design approach that focuses on community and women-centric solutions to mitigate climate hazards. Propose designs that cater to:

  • Individual dwelling units and shared walls with neighbours on either side.
  • Individuals and the collective
  • Living spaces and livelihood activities
  • The overall microclimate of the area

Proposed materials should be cost effective and have future feasibility for local procurement and manufacturing, ensuring long-term sustainability and accessibility.

Designs should be executable if training is provided to local artisans and should be accessible to the community and should outline how materials can be scaled up for broader use within the community and also for the same climate zones with dwellings with similar conditions.