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QSAND (Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters) is a free-to-use shelter and settlement sustainability and resilience self-assessment tool developed by BRE Global, on behalf of the IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies).

IFRC commissioned the development of QSAND to promote sustainable shelter and settlement activities following natural disasters. It draws on standards developed by BREEAM, the world-leading sustainability certification scheme for buildings, infrastructure and masterplanning.

QSAND was developed to support the drive in the humanitarian sector to consider and benchmark sustainable approaches to shelter and settlement operations after natural disasters. It takes a wide variety of factors into account and promotes a holistic, sustainable approach, and provides a co-ordinated framework for identifying and assessing the sustainability of solutions.

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