This scoping study aims to provide a solid basis and to identify the thematic scope for the identification of top priorities and related actions in support to Sustainable Housing. For this purpose, the study first examines the different stages of the building value chain and critical issues, trends and gaps on the development of sustainable housing in the context of SCP in the focal countries of China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Based on an initial in-depth assessment conducted by the SCPF on country sector focus and priorities, these ten countries have been selected. By going through the stages of material production, design and manufacturing, construction, usage and recycling, this study provides a holistic overview of SCP in sustainable housing in Asian countries, followed by an assessment of overarching topics underpinning the theme, i.e. affordable housing, district development and the countries’ building and sustainable housing objectives within the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda. In addition to the ten focal countries that are addressed in the in-depth analysis, the scoping study also includes research on other SWITCH-Asia countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The results are presented in the form of country briefs that summarise the main aspects of sustainable housing in the context of SCP in each country. Last within the scoping part of the study, a selection of international best practices suitable for replication in the Asian context is provided.
Type: SWITCH-Asia Publications, Research, Study