first activity was to assess the needs of the target groups.
It included an assessment of existing building practices, policy
scenarios, institutional set-ups, the urban development process
and also making demand projections for resources such as electricity
and water. The outcome of this assessment defined a road map
for sustainable development in Gurgaon.
Manual on sustainable buildings:
policies and practices
(currently under development)
Based on the assessment of needs, a
manual on sustainable building design will be developed for the
target groups. It will contain guidelines for effective planning
policies and programmes and also comprehensive technical information
for application of sustainability options, including:
Sustainable site planning
Sustainable site practices
Passive solar design
Renewable energy systems
Waste and water management
leaflets and dissemination material will be produced to publicize
the aims and activities of the project in the three participating
This aims to be a training package for practitioners
which would derive from the manual. It will include comprehensive
training modules on:
Low-cost, low-energy materials
Waste management and water conservation
Sustainability in the community
Three seminars for local policy makers will be organised in
each partner country, with resource persons from European
and Indian partners.
workshops will be undertaken at three sites in Gurgaon by a
panel of multidisciplinary experts from all partners. Recommendations
will be made to improve local building design and implementation
of sustainability options.
This web site (www.sustainable-buildings.org)
is part of the project and all project-related material and
results will be posted here. This will ensure dissemination
beyond the partnership of the project and will encourage replication
in other areas in India and elsewhere.