Addressing SCP in the Housing Sector

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Addressing SCP in the Housing Sector
Executive Summary

By recognising the relevance of housing in the context of sustainable urban development and SCP patterns in Asia, the SWITCH-Asia Sustainable Consumption and Production Facility (SCPF) has commissioned a study with the aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state, trends and gaps of SCP in sustainable housing in Asia and to identify critical issues with the need for further action. In order to determine topic areas which reflect the most pressing issues, the study has examined housing along the different stages of the building value chain, i.e. material production, design and manufacturing, construction, usage and recycling with a particular focus on the policy environment, technology & architecture, standards, guidelines & rating systems and access to finance. Besides the lifecycle stages, the overarching topics of affordable housing, district development, and the countries’ building and sustainable housing objectives within the NDCs to the Paris Agreement and the UN SDGs underpinned the analysis. This in-depth assessment has been performed for ten focal countries, i.e. China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand, which have been selected by the SCPF due to their sector focus and priorities. In addition, further research on the current state of SCP in other SWITCH-Asia countries has been performed which confirmed the overall view captured in the focal country analysis.