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Second Batch of Training on Green and Resilient Affordable Housing Successfully Held

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Forty-two technical staff and officials completed the second leg of Training on Green and Resilient Affordable Housing delivered by the CDIA team on 3-4 May 2023 in Thimphu City, Bhutan.  

The participants were from the National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL); Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation (MoIT); National Land Commission (NLC); Bank of Bhutan; the cities of Thimphu, Trashiyangtse and Mongar; and private architectural firms.

The training event was in line with the capacity building assistance provided by CDIA to prepare the implementation of Tranche 2 of the Green and Resilient Affordable Sector Project (GRAHSP) supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). 

“The capacity development program of CDIA will help us a lot, not just in NHDCL but also the local counterparts including the urban planners, architects and engineers,” said Rinchen Wangdi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NHDCL. “It covered a wide range of topics which will ultimately benefit the implementers and contribute to building the capacity of our local experts,” he added. 

The course highlighted the importance of integrating the concepts of green and resilience in the housing sector and within the broader framework of city planning. It also provided the mechanisms toward effective assessment of affordable housing (AH) demand, including the principles of affordability and the importance of stakeholder consultations in the assessment.  

Participants were also introduced to the various financing mechanisms applicable to AH such as public-private partnership and other examples of AH-related policies. Finally, the team shared their recommended solutions toward green, resilient, and affordable building using timber as a construction material of choice, which can reduce the construction cost, a key deterring factor to housing affordability in Bhutan. 

Results of the training assessment showed that most attendees appreciated the quality and technical aspects of the activity. In fact, all of them evaluated the trainers’ preparedness and knowledgeability with the highest grade. 

“We always hire external consultants whenever we get housing projects to design and build for us,” said Kezang Dorji, Sr. Urban Planner of Thimphu Thromde. “With this CDIA training, we will have our own capacity to design and build for our own city,” he added. 

“This training is very important for us to build our capacity in the local engineers’ sector level,” said Sherab Tenzin, Chief District Engineer of Mongar Dzongkhag Administration. “I get to be involved in the planning of housing program development and without this knowledge, it is very challenging for us,” he added.  

The training event served as the culminating activity of the CDIA project preparation study on Bhutan Green and Resilient Affordable Housing Advisory Project (GRAHAP).  

“We at CDIA are very glad to have contributed not just in strengthening the capacity of the housing actors in Bhutan, but also providing the necessary technical support that considers the needs and the demand for affordable housing toward the smooth implementation of GRAHSP Tranche 2,” said Kathleen Jovellanos, CDIA Capacity Development Specialist and Project Manager of GRAHAP.  

Seeing the vital importance of making the training available to other staff, NHDCL CEO Wangdi requested another training session on the AH models developed by the CDIA team. Hence, another session was conducted at their office, which gave more personnel the opportunity to fully understand and manipulate the modeling tool to arrive at an affordable scheme.  

 

See related story: CDIA Delivers First Batch of Training on Green and Resilient Affordable Housing in Bhutan 

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