DA Group has worked on multiple aspects of rural habitat – from development of appropriate technologies and equipment for production of environment friendly, low-carbon construction material to dissemination of eco-friendly construction technologies, housing designs, integration with PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana) and related schemes, demonstration of community buildings in rural areas, training construction workers, developing and implementing new housing finance models, entrepreneurship and livelihood initiatives and market creation for eco-habitat products and services. Extensive work has been carried on the ground to design and implement housing schemes, rehabilitation and reconstruction projects post-natural disasters. DA group has also worked to advocate appropriate policies for rural habitat through the development of a base document for the Government of India for the first National Rural Habitat Policy for India. The activities broadly cover three primary areas that underline any form of sustainable development process:
- The design and large-scale dissemination of appropriate technologies
- Rationale environmental management systems, and
- Equitable people oriented institutions and policies
DA Group has been a pioneer in developing eco-friendly construction material and technologies. Technology manuals and guide-books for production and application of these technologies have been developed with support from the Department of Science and Technology, Building Materials Technology and Promotion Council, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), HUDCO of the Government of India. DA also has the expertise in providing technical, enterprise and project management training and skill development to masons, building material producers, project management executives, supervisors and government functionaries, banking officials, PRI officials in Low cost, environment friendly and disaster safe rural housing.