Sustainable Housing

‘Housing for All’, must be less about achieving statistical provision and more about meeting end-user and community needs.

96% of India’s housing shortage is in the economically weaker section (56%) and low-income group (40%) categories. The Technical Group on Urban Housing Shortage, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), determined this national urban housing shortage to be 18.78 million units. In response to these findings, the Government of India as well as several state governments introduced or expanded affordable urban housing schemes. Given the context that 70% of the buildings required in India by the year 2030 are yet to be built, we have the opportunity to construct sustainable, low carbon and resilient buildings that consume less resources and work towards enhancing the health and well-being of its residents.


Houses for the urban poor must be designed to be thermally comfortable, resource efficient, structurally stable and disaster resilient along with offering easy access to basic services. We seek to shift the discourse through:

  • Challenge formats: Running and supporting challenges to seek out innovative technologies for affordable housing that ensure sustainable, high-quality, cost-effective and speedy construction. Established industry players as well as innovators and startups are targeted through such challenges.
  • Convenings and stakeholder interactions: Conducting stakeholder surveys, convening experts and decision makers and facilitating co-creation workshops and design charrettes to ensure a finger on the pulse of affordable housing.

  • Advancing research and informing policy: Topics such as accessing land for affordable housing, ownership and transfer of land in informal settlements and other research and regular participation in policy discussions.

  • Training and capacity building: Creating training modules in subjects critical in reducing the affordable housing gap are undertaken with government partners.