Nepal is one of the top ten fastest urbanising countries in the world, and it’s growing. The population of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is expected to double by 2050.
The housing demand is urgent. UN Habitat anticipated that Nepal would need 1,000,000 new homes by 2021. The 2015 Ghorka earthquake destroyed nearly 5,000,000 buildings increasing the pressure for new homes.
We can speculate that the average sustainable home could save one ton CO2 from embodied energy in materials alone. If we extrapolate this to Nepal’s wider housing demand, there is a potential to save 1 million tons of CO2 emissions in the next decade, or 3 million tons by 2050.
To address this issue, we’re currently developing a sustainable and affordable housing prototype for Kathmandu.