Housing guideline launched for disaster prone rural areas


Staff Reporter:

In order to build a disaster resilient nation through durable and sustainable housing in disaster prone rural areas, Housing and Building Research Institute (HBRI) on Wednesday launched a standard guideline of rural housing in those areas. 

HBRI in collaboration with Friendship, a Bangladesh based NGO and with the support from Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) conducted a yearlong research on housing guideline, in collaboration with Shelter Research Unit of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). They published their findings in a book on “Standard Guideline for Rural Housing in Disaster Prone Areas of Bangladesh”. 

Every year, Bangladesh faces severe natural disasters in various parts of the country. The government is committed to a substantial reduction of disaster risks at all levels. Housing is one of the highest priorities in the government agenda.

The goal of the project is to promote sustainable building materials and construction techniques for rural housing with the aim of reducing the risks associated with natural calamities.

This standard guideline seeks both to consolidate existing knowledge in rural housing as to foster a more coherent and pro-active approach to improve the rural housing in Bangladesh before and after disaster. 

Speaking as chief guest in the launching programme, Housing and Public Works Minister Eng. Mosharraf Hossain emphasized on preventing the use of cultivable land for housing and clay burnt bricks. 

He also urged to follow this guideline and disseminate it up to grassroots level. 

This guideline focuses on housing designs that have an expected structural durability of at least 30 years. 

The guideline advocates the idea that a more optimal use of these resources is not only possible but is the best strategy to realize a substantial improvement of the rural housing stock of Bangladesh. 

It will give a role to all people involved in the housing sector, solicit all types of relevant skills and knowledge, include a variety of local and newly introduced materials, present strategies for an optimal quality-cost balance, and be sensitive to issues of land security and lastly, is an important tool to promote and facilitate coordination around rural housing. This approach will work towards reducing the impact of future disasters on the rural housing stock of Bangladesh and building a greater resilience. 

Mohammad Abu Sadeque, Director of Housing and Building Research Institute, Md. Khalid Mahmood, Director of Department of Disaster Management and Kazi Amdadul Hoque, Director of the Friendship’s Strategic Planning, were also present on this occasion. 



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