Collaboration Between AITM & ICIMOD on Carbon Footprint Estimation

October 2, 2018

In response to the April 25, 2015 earthquake, the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) developed an innovative strategy for rebuilding the damaged infrastructures and services for the most vulnerable communities in the earthquake-affected areas in Nepal, and the strategy is implemented for the first time as a pilot project at Dhungentar, Nuwakot, Nepal. The primary objective of the project is to reconstruct low-cost houses for financially weak and marginalized communities at Dhungentar (e.g., Sunar, Magar) using Compressed Stabilized Soil Blocks (CSSB) in order to reduce carbon footprint in the environment. Active involvement of the local beneficiaries has been ensured in the project. Fifty-seven individual low-cost houses of different sizes, one health post and one community building are constructed at Dhungentar using the CSSB technology in this pilot project.

One of the objectives of this pilot project is to estimate carbon footprint of the low-cost housing using CSSB technology. A collaboration contract was signed on October 01, 2018 between Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) and ICIMOD to carry out a study to estimate carbon footprint of the Dungentar low-cost reconstruction pilot project and compare it with the similar project using conventional kiln-burnt bricks in place of CSSB. The study has to be completed within one and half month’s period and a report has to be submitted to ICIMOD.

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