1 October 2014
Cities Programme & TECHO – Sustainable Affordable Housing: International Research and Workshops

Sustainable Affordable Housing: International Research and Workshops: Chile and Australia

Dean of Architecture, University of Chile welcoming guests to the Energy Efficiency Workshop

For communities living in extreme poverty, a new housing project represents a life changing opportunity that can have larger positive impacts on their living conditions than just ameliorating their shelter. Further building on this idea, the process of housing provision in itself has great potential for targeting other social issues when addressed in a participatory manner as an instrument for change. This approach can have larger and long lasting impacts on communities’ lifestyles, increasing their social capital and opportunities to overcome poverty.

In the context of Chilean housing policies and issues, the youth-led NGO Techo’s approach illustrates the potential of housing provision participatory process for capacity building in an applied context when approached as an mean to attract and involve communities for targeting other social issues, largely and positively increasing the impacts on low-income communities lives.

The Global Compact Cities Programme has had a strategic partnership with Latin American NGO TECHO since 2012. With the aim of promoting cross-sectoral collaboration to solve complex urban problems and share knowledge, the Cities Programme, TECHO and RMIT University are conducting a joint research project focused on the sustainability and affordability of low-income housing. This is being undertaken by Sandra Moye and Professor Ralph Horne, Deputy PVC Research, Design and the Social Context, RMIT University.

This research has been examining the affordability of TECHO’s housing developments focused on energy consumption patterns of residents and throughout the house’s life cycle.

Funded by COALAR (Council of Australia and Latin American Relations), the research team have recently conducted workshops in Chile and will soon conduct workshops in Australia to foster close engagement between both countries on urban resilience and specifically, low-income energy efficient housing.

The Chilean workshops engages with local key stakeholders such as government agencies, universities, and architectural and construction organizations and were hosted by the University of Chile in Santiago and the University of Bio Bio in Concepcion. These were respectively held on the 15th and 16th April, 2014. The workshops also drew upon TECHO’s experience in delivering community-focused housing projects and linked them with leading housing research in Australia.

A training session was also held at the World Urban Forum held in Medellin, Colombia from April 6-11, 2014.

Workshops are scheduled to be held in Australia in October 2014.  They are being hosted by RMIT University.

Sandra Moye and Prof Ralph Horne presenting on Housing Energy Efficiency in Australia

Sofia de la Jara presented on Techo´s approach to capacity building and social housing


Vivienda Sustentable y Asequible – “Eficiencia Energética en Vivienda Social: Experiencia Internacional y Posibles Canales de Inclusión en Chile”

From left: Sandra Moye, and Professor Ralph Horne, Cities Programme and RMIT, Sofia de la Jara, Techo, Javier Carrasco, AChEE and Elizabeth Ryan, Cities Programme

El Programa de Ciudades del Pacto Global, basado en la universidad australiana RMIT, estableció una alianza estratégico con la ONG chilena Techo en 2012. Con el propósito de promover la colaboración intersectorial para resolver problemas urbanos complejos y compartir conocimiento y experiencia, UNGCCP y Techo han estado llevando a cabo desde 2013 un proyecto de investigación conjunta enfocado a la sustentabilidad y asequibilidad de la vivienda social.

Esta investigación analiza la asequibilidad de los proyectos de vivienda de Techo con énfasis en los patrones de consumo de energía de los residentes a través del ciclo de vida de la vivienda. Se basa en la experiencia de Techo en el desarrollo de proyectos de vivienda enfocados a la participación comunitaria, y la vincula con investigación de vivienda en Australia.

Patrocinado por COALAR (Council of Australia and Latin American Relations – Consejo de Relaciones entre Australia y Latino America), el equipo de investigadores estarán conduciendo workshops en Chile y Australia para promover el vínculo y compartir experiencias sobre vivienda social entre ambos países. Estos talleres están dirigidos para actores clave como agencias de gobierno, universidades, firmas de arquitectura y construcción, entre otros.

Ver la intervención de Professor Horne – Vivienda Sustentable y Energéticamente Eficiente

Ver la intervención de Sandra Moye – Vivienda Sustentable y Asequible

Ver la intervención de Javier Carrasco y Sofia de la Jara Eficiencia Energética para Viviendas Definitivas TECHO Experiencia 2012-2013


Meeting with the Rector and staff of University of Bio Bio, Concepcion, Chile

Los primeros talleres se llevaran a cabo en Chile 14 al 16 de Abril, en la Universidad de Chile en Santiago, y en la Universidad del Bio Bio en Concepción.

Adicionalmente se presentara dicha investigación en el Foro Mundial Urbano en Medellín en Abril 2014.

La Universidad e RMIT será la sede para los workshops en Australia, que se llevaran a cabo a mitades de año. Detalles por confirmarse.


A full house at the University of Bio Bio in Concepción, Chile


Sandra Moye presenting on her research findings at the University of Chile in Santiago, April 15, 2014


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Supported by the Australian Government through the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR), an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Consulado General en Melbourne