A Research Agenda for Housing
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A Research Agenda for Housing

Edited by Markus Moos

Housing is one of the most pertinent issues of our time. Shaped by rapid urbanization, financialization, and various changes in demography, technology, political ideology and public policy, the provision of affordable, adequate, and suitable housing has become an increasingly challenging feat. From high-rise apartment towers constructed in global cities around the world to informal settlements rapidly expanding across the global south, this volume focuses on how political, economic, and societal changes are shaping housing in a variety of contexts.
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Chapter 10: Sustainable housing

Sarah Godfrey, Jennifer Dean and Kristen Regier

Abstract

Housing is an important, albeit overlooked, aspect of sustainable development objectives. Yet the location, design, construction, use and regeneration aspects of housing all have environmental, economic and social implications for individuals and communities. In this chapter, we introduce and interrogate two land-use approaches to sustainable housing: eco-villages and transit oriented-developments. Both approaches offer significant benefits to environmental sustainability through green construction initiatives and low-carbon lifestyle changes, particularly related to transportation. However, the costs associated with developing and constructing environmentally eco-villages, and the land premiums associated with transit-oriented developments have significant impacts on affordability and social sustainability. We discuss the realities of environmental gentrification that results from both types of developments, and highlight the social pillar of sustainability as requiring significant attention by researchers and policy-makers concerned with sustainable housing.

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