Introduction to the survey

1. Who are we?
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a public interest environmental research and advocacy organization based in New Delhi. CSE through its Sustainable Building and Habitat Programme (SBHP) pushes for resource and energy savings in built environment by focusing on thermal comfort and quality of life for all as part of one its initiatives. Under this initiative, research in the housing sector for affordable thermal comfort strategies based on architectural design, layouts and appropriate material choices is conducted. This is done with a view to inform policy decisions and influence practice and implementation by knowledge support and capacity building. 

2. Why is the survey being conducted?
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a huge shortfall in housing for the poor especially the migrants and their suboptimal living conditions owing poor thermal comfort. In this wake, CSE aims to instill green recovery in the housing sector during the post COVID-19 era. As a part of this initiative, SBHP is conducting a research to understand the region-wise prevalence of construction materials and techniques in the housing sector with a focus on self-built housing pan-India.

3. How does the survey work?
The survey comprises of 12 questions to answer and will take not more than 15 minutes to answer all of them. The questions are a mix of multiple choices, yes/no, ranking based or have a value scale. Response to this survey will be purely used for research purposes.

4. Contact us:
We will be happy to answer your questions regarding this survey or the project in general. Write back to us at – prathama.dolas@cseindia.org or mitashi.singh@cseindia.org

5. Terminologies used:
Traditional construction materials/techniques - These materials/techniques have been traditionally used in a region since multiple generations.
Example: Lime plaster, timber and bamboo roof, thatch roof, country tiles, etc.

Modern construction materials/techniques - New age materials/techniques, majorly factory made and are largely known to boost the pace of construction. These techniques have been witnessed in the past 10-15 years.
Example: AAC block, monolithic concrete, sandwich panels, etc.
 
Please note: Burnt bricks should not be considered while answering the questionnaire. 

Let us begin!

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* 1. Which of the following traditional construction techniques/materials are you aware of? (multiple options may be chosen)

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* 2. Which of the following modern construction material/technique are you aware of? (multiple options may be chosen)

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* 3. What do the traditional construction materials/techniques resonate with –

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* 4. If you were to build a house for yourself, which of the following factors would impact your ideas? (multiple options may be chosen)

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* 5. What kind of houses/materials/techniques do you have in your surroundings?

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* 6. Rank the key drivers which increase presence of modern construction materials/techniques in your surroundings? (Most important gets Rank 1 while the others follow)

  Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 Rank 5 Rank 6 Rank 7 Rank 8 Rank 9
Push by the government schemes - Financial aid/subsidies/incentives
Material availability
Availability of skilled labour
Pace of construction
Disaster resilience/proofing
Sustainability parameters
Aesthetics
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Cost of construction and maintenance

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* 7. To build your house which factors would influence your choice? (multiple options may be chosen)

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* 8. Would you be willing to spend extra cost for more sustainable construction material/technique?

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* 9. Some of the sustainability parameters associated with construction materials are listed below. Assign individual weightage to each one of them assuming that you are making a material choice for your own home. (The most important factor should be given 5 while the least important one gets 1)

  Least important 2 3 4 Most important
Heat resistance properties
Recycled/waste content
Reduced carbon emissions
Indoor air quality and material safety
Functional life period

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* 10. In rural/peri-urban areas why do we see traditional construction materials/techniques more? (multiple options may be chosen) –

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* 11. Would you construct your house using traditional construction materials/techniques?

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* 12. Rank the key drivers which can increase the use of traditional construction materials/techniques in your surroundings? (Most important gets 1 while the others follow) -

  Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 Rank 5 Rank 6 Rank 7 Rank 8 Rank 9
Push by the government schemes - Financial aid/subsidies/incentives
Material availability
Availability of skilled labour
Pace of construction
Disaster resilience/proofing
Sustainability parameters
Aesthetics
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Cost of construction and maintenance
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