SUSTAINABLE HOUSING 2016 – International Conference on Sustainable Housing Planning, Management and Usability is an initiative of Green Lines Institute for Sustainable development that aims to go further on the discussion of the sustainable improvement of housing design and construction, including the user point of view.
Currently, the issue of housing is shown as a major challenge within the latest Sustainable Development concept brought by the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which is based on 17 objectives called as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Among the many goals that were settled, objectives 1 (No poverty), 3 (Good health), 6 (Clean water and sanitation), 7 (Renewable energy), 9 (Innovation and infrastructure), 10 (Reduced inequalities), 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), 12 (Responsible consumption), 13 (Climate action) and 17 (Partnerships for the goals) are of particular relevance to rethink how to build our homes, as well as establishing more participatory processes for communities. These objectives include economic, social, cultural and environmental issues that cross the participation of various actors as promoters, technicians and users.
In this context, thinking sustainable housing lists a large group of heterogeneous matters and approaches involving:
- The occupation of the territory so the cities will continue to expand due to population growth;
- The management of public investment in social housing, including both the refurbishment and upgrading of existing units;
- The means of financing and costs of housing units, promoting affordable housing solutions;
- The promotion of equity and social inclusiveness, including the right to housing, as well as the appreciation of neighborhood conditions;
- The consideration of cultural phenomena related to traditional ways of living and housing typologies;
- The efficiency of the design and construction of housing units, promoting the proper management of the used resources, the assessment of embodied energy indicators and embodied carbon, the spatial adaptability and the management of the life cycle of buildings;
- Operational efficiency of housing, with emphasis on energy efficiency and water efficiency;
- Improvement of health, hygiene and safety in the use of housing, including indoor air quality (e.g. presence of volatile organic compounds and radon), quality of water supply, wastewater treatment, and the conditions of thermal, acoustic and visual comfort.
The SUSTAINABLE HOUSING 2016 conference aims to bring together a wide range of international academics and researchers who have developed research in various aspects of housing sustainability.
The participation of policy makers in the area of housing is also one of the objectives in order to frame the issues discussed in a decision-making context that is not always easily understood.