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Guiding criteria and guidelines for low-income housing sustainable in Guine-Bissau - Africa

Grant number: 11/04869-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): March 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Project
Principal Investigator:Ricardo Siloto da Silva
Grantee:Quintino Augusto Co de Seabra
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The present research purpose to identify, classify and analyze the technologies and raw materials used in low-income housing, as input for the definition and implementation of a housing policy that can be incorporates sustainability principles and guidelines. The object of empirical study it's Bissau's town from Guinea Bissau, a country located in West Africa and it has one of the world's lowest Human Development Index - HDI -. Among the various dimensions that make up sustainability, amplified by Ignacy Sachs from the "triple bottom line", it was decided to prioritize research in environmental and cultural dimensions, considering the country's social and environmental peculiarities. Initially expected to deepen the understanding of the variables and their parameters that characterize a condition of greater sustainability, always focusing on the specific location. At the same time will be qualitativilly and quantitative survey of technologies and materials usually applied in construction for housing, in response, held mutual comparison between those variables and parameters and the information collected about the technologies adopted. Thus, the work can be categorized as applied research. As a main research products, with expectation to get a technical inputs on which ones can be base of structuration of a housing policy in Guinea Bissau. (AU)

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