The equitable housing workshop: Mapping and improving stakeholders' decision-making process for circular equitable housing projects

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Abstract

A growing housing crisis in Western Europe increases the pressure on conventional support measures and further reduces the accessibility to equitable housing. Yet, the necessary transition to a sustainable and circular construction economy could be an opportunity to meet this social challenge. Research on the long-term costs and savings of circular strategies in housing projects demonstrates that applying specific circular strategies to specific projects can improve the long-term affordability of housing. Little research mentions circular building's relation to housing quality nor the decision mechanism behind the design process of housing projects. Since these decisions are not only based on costs, but also social factors and practical considerations, it is important to take these into account. Introducing systems thinking in the design process could lead to more inclusive, and mindful decision making in the design process of housing projects. This paper proposes a methodology to encourage stakeholders in a housing project to think systemically and to have an open discussion about housing dimensions. The equitable housing workshop allows us to visually display rather complex networks of decisions and influences present in a project. The workshop continues by challenging the participants to find solutions that fit within the equitable housing model. These solutions are then linked to circular building strategies to encourage participants to look for sustainable and circular solutions. This also shows them how circular building design can make housing more equitable, and therefore, give them the tools to tailor a circular strategy specifically to their project. For researchers, analysing the participant's discussions, held throughout the workshop, can bring new insights into the relationship between equitable housing and circular building.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012024
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Volume1122
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2022
EventSBEfin 2022 Conference - Emerging
Concepts for Sustainable Built Environment
- , Finland
Duration: 23 Nov 202225 Nov 2022
https://sbefin2022.exordo.com/programme/at-a-glance

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Funding Information:
This research is funded by Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) through the strategic basic researchrgnt waithrgnt naumber 1SD8521N.

Funding Information:
This research is funded by Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) through the strategic basic research grant with grant number 1SD8521N.

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© Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.

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