Community-Based Micro-Climate Resilience helps urban poor communities
in Gorakhpur, India adapt to climate change by designing and building new types of flood-resilient and
affordable houses. Locally available bricks are used, with technologies and techniques that make building
brick walls less energy intensive. This building method is more environmentally friendly than conventional
practices, both in terms of optimization of resources and energy efficiency.
- Climate friendly construction technique uses 19 per cent fewer bricks and 54 per cent less cement
- Bricks from local areas are used in construction, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated
with transporting bricks long distances.
The Mahewa ward of Gorakhpur, India, is prone to flooding during the monsoon season, affecting more than
one million people in Uttar Pradesh. Many of the people who live in this community are poor and
marginalized and are therefore more vulnerable to the impact of climatic hazards, such as floods, cyclones,
altered rain patterns and heat waves.
Community-Based Micro-Climate Resilience fuses improved building materials and design with indigenous
knowledge in developing countries. The result is low-cost, housing that is both climate resilient and
produces fewer carbon emissions. People who benefit from the project are involved in the construction
process and then help others who want to adopt the design.
Helping the planet
The homes built by this activity minimize the use of energy-intensive materials like bricks and cement. In
addition, the construction materials are locally sourced to reduce the cost of transportation and the
greenhouse gas emissions associated with it.
Low-cost, sustainable housing policies, standards and techniques provide several benefits to residents and
the wider population, including resilience to climate change, improved health, increased safety and
sanitation and poverty alleviation. Over the years, this activity has reached out to families affected by
earthquakes, floods and cyclones; restoring homes, schools and hospitals.
Community-Based Micro-Climate Resilience uses replicable and cost-effective technologies to build sustainable
housing. To ensure the technologies are replicated, activity representatives held consultations, workshops and
hands-on training in Mahewa, a highly flooded area with a population of about 12,000 people.
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