QSAND is a free to use shelter and settlement sustainability
and resilience self-assessment tool developed by BRE Global (the developers of
BREEAM), on behalf of the IFRC. As a part of their commitment to sustainable
development, IFRC commissioned the development of QSAND to promote sustainable
shelter and settlement activities in the aftermath of natural disasters. The
tool draws on the standards developed by BREEAM, the world leading
sustainability certification scheme for buildings, infrastructure and master
planning.

The tool was developed to support the drive in the
humanitarian sector to consider and benchmark sustainable approaches to shelter
and settlement operations after natural disasters. QSAND takes a wide variety
of factors, which impact the disaster recovery process, into account and
promotes a holistic sustainability approach to address the context.  Where practical, early decisions should
positively influence the sustainability of the long-term reconstruction of the
disaster hit area.