SHERPA - Your Personal Guide to Sustainable Housing

Use SHERPA to identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of new, current, and past housing projects, allowing you to achieve a more sustainable outcome. Our beta version is now available for users to test for free. In addition, you can access SHERPA directly from your phone’s browser at or by tapping the “View in new window” link. NOTE: Password retrieval is currently not available, so note down your login details in a secure location.

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SHERPA is a self-evaluation tool for project managers, communities, and other stakeholders involved in the planning, design, construction and assessment of housing projects. Its goal is for housing in the 21st century to respond to the transformative aspirations of the New Urban Agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

We view housing as a lever for sustainable development. To achieve this not only “green” technologies, but also human, social and cultural factors need to be considered within and beyond the boundary of a building. SHERPA scores your responses to each question according to 12 indicators which are aligned to the four Pillars of Sustainability: Social, Economic, Environmental and Cultural.

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SHERPA Partners

SHERPA was developed in partnership with members of the Global Network of Sustainable Housing: UN Habitat, CRAterre/ENSAG, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, University of Cambridge; Project partners: EcoSur, Architectes Sans Frontieres Nepal, Yaam Solidarite Burkina Faso, and the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme; Software partner: Aptivate; and financially supported by UN-Habitat's Cities and Climate Change Initiative, LabEx AE&CC, and the 10 YFP Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme.


We would also like to thank the numerous other organisations and housing professionals who provided invaluable inputs during SHERPA’s development. The journey continues, and we look forward to receiving your feedback to this first public Beta version.

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