Pakistan is building 16,000 disaster-resilient solar homes in an effort to reduce the impact of earthquakes, while at the same time bringing off-grid districts up to standard in an environmentally responsible way.

The housing designs are the output of collaborative discussions between the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority and engineers at NED University in Karachi. The initiative was instigated after two devastating earthquakes hit Awaran – the site for the…