Understanding UK sustainable housing policy

Chris Pickvance

in The Future of Sustainable Cities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426673
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305545 | DOI:
Understanding UK sustainable housing policy

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This chapter describes the development of UK sustainable housing policy, which has been characterised by exhortation, regulation, and modest economic measures. It examines in turn the definition of sustainable housing, the four main types of sustainable housing policy, and the main influences that have shaped them. It argues that sustainable housing policy has focused on technical aspects of housing rather than changing lifestyles or social justice elements and has been driven by international target commitments, proactive local authorities, and lobbying by stakeholders. However, the economic climate since 2007 has slowed down the impetus towards sustainable housing and a major obstacle has been the lack of a campaign led by central or local government or the building industry.

Keywords: economic incentives; exhortation; regulation; sustainable housing; lobbying

Chapter.  9475 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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