The Nirmithri Kendra organisation was established in 1986 to construct, advise and help build cost-effective homes for the rural poor and disaster victims. The areas of activity include providing cost-effective and eco-friendly houses for people, developing new building materials and techniques and training programmes. It has persuaded universities to adopt cost-effective habitat technology in their curricula. It emphasises the use of indigenous materials in an environmentally friendly way. Houses work out at two thirds of the cost of conventional ones and are aesthetically pleasing.
Private sector, academic/research