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Universal principles of climate responsive design arising from experience in East Africa
Involve project stakeholders in every stage of the design and construction process for low-carbon, long-lasting buildings that effectively fulfil the needs of users.
Leverage the construction process to build local capacity and provide training and work opportunities for the local community.
Use local materials with low embodied carbon, which are preferably grown or recycled such as responsibly sourced timber from managed plantations.
Utilise passive ventilation strategies, natural daylighting and energy from the sun, but protect from solar overheating and glare.
Biodiverse natural landscapes promote health and wellbeing, provide climatic cooling and mitigation against the effects of extreme weather events.
On-site renewable energy generation can cover or supplement energy requirements and help to offset embodied carbon in the building fabric.
Recycle grey water and harvest and store rainwater for reuse on site, and to help prevent flooding and erosion.
Ensure healthy disposal and recycling of human waste, as well as adequate hand washing facilities and clean filtered water for human consumption.
Designers, builders and building users should work together to combat climate change and learn from successes and failures.
Developing countries can leapfrog the industrialised world through constructing passive buildings and investing in clean energy and smart Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies.