Introducing Sustainable Technologies Creating Resilient Shelters

In Gujarat, CRS’ resilient shelter project aimed to enhance local construction technology with the introduction of Compressed Stabilized Earth Block (CSEB) technology. This sustainable technology is environmentally sound as it uses a limited amount of cement and water. The technology can also be linked with livelihoods since local tradesmen can be involved in block production from the outset. Capacity building to improve skills of local tradesmen was a core element of this project. CRS established 100 mason groups, who helped to build 2,700 disasterresistant homes and 10 community buildings. New production centers with 60 machines helped 600 workers produce blocks over the course of the project. CRS also worked with communities to improve their construction techniques, and with the Government of India Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) to approve recommended construction guidelines.