The aim of the project is to give technical assistance and build the capacity of the Marsabit County Government in Kenya to pilot building climate-smart and affordable houses. Partners involved in this project are Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Strathmore Energy Research Center (SERC) and United Nations Human Settlementds Programme (UN-Habitat).
The project is funded by the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) and the County Government of Marsabit (CGM).
Project's overall objectives are:
- 100 affordable and sustainable housing units built,
- EE/RE technologies implemented in a fraction of the housing units,
- Energy consumption in construction of the households reduced by at least 40% in the 100 housing units,
- Energy consumption in operation and maintenance of the 100 housing units reduced by at least 60%,
- Reduced use and demand for water from the mains supply by 60% in the 100 housing units,
- Consumption of wood to heat water reduced by 100% in the 100 housing units and in 25% of the new buildings at the end of the project,
- 25% of the new buildings approved by the County (building permit delivered) with sustainable design at the end of the project. Proportion doubled after 3 years of conclusion of the project,
- Reduced use of charcoal and/or wood for cooking among the participants (400 families) and the 100 housing units by 60%,
- Reduction on the use of firewood for cooking in urban areas by 20% after 3 years of completion of the project,
- Increased use of the water saving technologies (water harvesting and water saving fittings) and adoption of EE and RE in sector of construction in the County by 25% at the end of the project in new buildings,
- Green businesses increased by double (at least) by the end of the project,
- Access to affordable housing in the area increased by 20% by the end of the project.