” 32% of global urban population lives in urban slums. If no meaningful action is taken, the United Nations reports that the number of slum dwellers worldwide may double over the next 30 years. Responses to this problem have to be holistic, multi-level and interdisciplinary, and must acknowledge local cultural, economic, legislative and environmental factors. Sustainable housing should be seen as a comprehensive process accounting for environmental, social, cultural, economic and institutional considerations.
There is an urgent need to find housing solutions that do not impact adversely on housing affordability and enhance urban livelihoods. Moreover, there is an imperative to find sustainable housing solutions that address the growing carbon footprint of the built environment.
This report defines the rationale for green building intervention on social housing, details international examples of legislative and regulatory frameworks for enabling green social housing and identifies global and regional forms and approaches to green social housing.”
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