IDDR 2017

International Day for Disaster Reduction Webinar

13th October 2017 – Online

The free webinar being run in support of UNISDR’s International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017. This year’s slogan is Home Safe Home. In this 1 hour webinar the QSAND team joined by Catholic Relief Service (CRS), will explore practical examples and strategic tools demonstration for embedding sustainability and resilience in disaster prone / affected communities. Find out more about IDDR 2017 here


International Day for Disaster Reduction, held every 13th October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. In support of the Day this webinar will focus on two areas which can help reduce risk and impact of disasters and an additional area focused on collaborations and getting involved with the areas discussed with time for Q&A

1. Shelter solutions:

  • Humanitarian Demonstration Shelter

CRS and BRE (Building Research Establishment) collaborated to create a demonstration of the techniques and materials that can be used to create an effective humanitarian shelter. Based on the Sphere Standards for shelter building, the unit is an amalgam of various techniques and materials, showing how various vernacular materials such as bamboo, adobe bricks and mud construction can be used in different parts of the world.” More information is available at:

2. Holistic Shelter and Settlement Sustainability and Resilience tool

  • QSAND (Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters) tool

QSAND is a free to use shelter and settlement sustainability assessment tool. Developed by BRE on behalf of International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working with a range of humanitarian stakeholders its focus is to promote and inform sustainable approaches to relief, recovery and reconstruction before and after a natural disaster. Its focus is in imbedding long term sustainability measures in the built environment which promote resilience over the life of the development and as a result, support disaster affected areas to recover faster following a natural disaster.

QSAND has been practically applied on projects out in Gorkha, Nepal. This application of QSAND has allowed the projects to focus on key areas and promote sustainability and resilience in the reconstruction after the 2015 earthquake. This has allowed communities to reduce their vulnerability and exposure to natural disasters in the future.

3. How you can get involved

  • The demonstration shelter is based at BRE’s innovation park in the UK. It is free to access and will be used in part as an educational tool for those interested in learning more about the practical side of creating sustainable resilient shelters
  • Application and development of QSAND is underway, find out how you can get involved and how the tool may be able to support your work

Join us and CRS for what is set to be a practical, thought provoking webinar in support of UNISDR’s International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017


When is it happening?:

13th October 2017

10am – 11am  British Summer Time (GMT +1)


How much does it cost? 

Online price £0 per person


How do I reserve a space?


 Please use the email reference ‘IDDR 2017’ and indicate your name and how many spaces you would like to reserve.

 For more information:


Call: 0333 321 88 11

QSAND promotes sustainable reconstruction following natural disasters

A new self-assessment tool will help humanitarian agencies adopt more sustainable reconstruction practices following a natural disaster.

QSAND (Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters) has been jointly developed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and BRE, one of the world’s leading construction and built environment research bodies.

“Promoting sustainable recovery and reconstruction after natural disasters is a common aspiration, but what is the definition of a sustainable approach and how can sustainability be measured?” says Graham Saunders, Head of Shelter and Settlements of IFRC. “QSAND is a much needed tool to benchmark the sustainability of the different elements that comprise a community or settlement. The partnership between IFRC and BRE has been key to the development of QSAND, combining IFRC’s experience and leadership in disaster response and BRE’s expertise in developing and applying the leading construction industry tool to assess building sustainability.”

Users have free access to the QSAND tool which can be downloaded from This contains an immediate ‘pre-assessment’ tool for rapid appraisal of the opportunities for sustainable recovery, and a ‘core assessment’ tool for longer term sustainable reconstruction, and ongoing monitoring and appraisal. It is intended for use by humanitarian agencies, donors and other relevant stakeholders operating in the field, at regional, national and international level.

“In developing QSAND alongside IFRC we are building on our 20+ years of research and experience with BREEAM, the world leading sustainable construction toolkit for buildings and communities” says Yetunde Abdul, project manager at BRE. “We are applying our knowledge on how long-term sustainability can be better considered and integrated into the decision-making processes during disaster relief and recovery operations carried out by humanitarian organisations, building on the valuable work that has already been done to improve outcomes.”

QSAND’s development was informed by a steering group comprising the Norwegian Refugee Council, Habitat for Humanity, WWF-US, UN-HABITAT and Oxfam. More information, including access to the online tool, can be found at

Media Enquiries

For further information please contact
Linda McKeown, BRE, +44 (0)1923 664569,,
or for IFRC, Benoit Carpentier, +41 79 2132413,


Notes for Editors

  1. IFRC

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian organization. The IFRC, together with its 189 member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, reaches 85 million people through disaster response and early recovery programmes. Though well-known for its vital work in emergency and crisis, the IFRC also reaches 97 million people annually through long term and development programmes. As a part of their commitment to sustainable development, the IFRC has engaged with BRE in the creation of an assessment tool to promote sustainable development, which focuses on shelter and settlement in the aftermath of natural disasters

  1. BRE Trust

BRE Trust is the largest UK charity dedicated to research and education in the built environment. It was set up to advance knowledge, innovation and communication for public benefit. The Trust uses all profits made by the BRE Group to fund new research and education programmes and to promote its charitable

  1. BRE Global

BRE Global Limited (incorporating LPCB & BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market.  BRE Global’s product testing and approvals are carried out by recognised experts in our world renowned testing laboratories. BRE Global Limited is custodian of a number of world leading brands including:

  • LPCB, for the approval of fire and security products and services, listed in the Red Books.
  • BREEAM, the world’s leading environmental assessment method for buildings, sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure of a building’s environmental performance.