Energy & Low Income Tropical Housing is a £750k EPSRC/DFiD research programme to identify, and to propagate, ways to reduce the energy consumption of low-income housing in tropical countries.
In wealthy countries environmental considerations have generated new designs, materials, guidance and regulations for several decades. With rising populations and shrinking land, timber and fuels resources, the consequences of inefficiencies are now being felt in tropical countries and the benefits of energy saving are increasingly recognised.
Sandy was invited to undertake a capacity building trip to address two aspects of the programme. In Tanzania she advised builders, researchers, clients, manufacturers and architects on the scope for reducing the energy intensity and embodied toxicity of building materials. In Uganda she worked with teachers at the Martyrs University and with practitioners and students on sustainability issues and affordable low impact housing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boKrHT243EQ