AFS undertakes research in the areas of low income housing, slums, informal/ squatter settlements, sustainable upgrading, government policy, sustainable building materials, low tech construction techniques and earth architecture.
AFS focuses its research on construction innovations, economic viability, social connectivity, major adversities and societal perceptions of these communities. AFS pursues research collaboration with academics, practitioners, NGOs, government agencies and through the application for research grants. The research will be documented and published on the organizations website in an online library to serve as a comprehensive educational resource in the areas of low income housing, informal housing and low tech building solutions. By engaging in research AFS aims to provide scientifically sound solutions to the real problems of disadvantaged communities.