Q-sand sustainable post-disaster rebuild

Q-SAND stands for Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters and draws on the standards developed by BREEAM. As a part of its commitment to sustainable development, International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) commissioned the development of the QSAND tool to promote sustainable shelter and settlement activities in the aftermath of natural disasters.

So far QSAND has been applied to a reconstruction project in the Gorkah region of Nepal in response to the 2015 Earthquake. Data from the application has been gathered and is in the process of being analysed. It is also currently in the early stages of being applied to a reconstruction project in the Anibong district of Tacloban in the Philippines. This is a very exciting project as the development is still in the planning / early development stage and will cover a notable portion of the city of Tacloban comprising housing, educational and medical facilities, community spaces and more.

Humainatrian Demonstration Shelter on the Garston Innovation Park
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and BRE are collaborating to create a demonstration of the techniques and materials that can be used to create an effective humanitarian shelter. How a shelter contributes to the wider humanitarian effort and rebuilding process will also be considered. This humanitarian demonstration shelter will be coming to the BRE Innovation Park around the end of September and will stay on site for the next two years. There may also be the opportunity for BRE staff to contribute to the building of the shelter on our site.

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