Sustainable Urban Development
iiec name


South Africa

Service Area

Sustainable Urban Development

Project Title

Sustainable Housing Initiative Project


South Africa



Project Funding Agency


Project Duration

Start Date


Scheduled Completion


Project Description and Summary of Services






This was the first ever housing-focused climate change project under the auspices of the Clean Development Mechanism of UNFCCC. This project implemented “Housing for a Healthier Future” and brought the benefits of energy-efficient homes to low-income residents of South Africa.

IIEC built 16 new energy-efficient demonstration homes in township communities in South Africa. The homes were built using energy-efficient components and passive-solar design. Representatives of the South African and Dutch building industries worked together with IIEC in identifying energy-efficient materials and construction methods. The residences that were build under this project were monitored for their energy and greenhouse gas savings, as well as health and quality-of-life benefits to residents. The results were reported to both the Dutch and South African governments, as well as to the U.N.

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