2020 January 01 Building Enclosure: Social Responsibility And Equity in Housing

Consider social responsibility also

I try and read Daniel Overbey’ posts for the technical content but in his first post of the year, he presented a real challenge. “John Elkington is often credited with first coining the term ‘triple bottom line’ in his 1997 book Cannibals with Forks. He defined the triple bottom line as a sustainability framework that examines an enterprise’s social, environmental and economic impacts.”

Considering social equity or social justice in building design and construction is pretty rare. Luckily I do see this changing in New Zealand, at least a little bit.

There are currently two projects that score all three of the goals in New Zealand: a large co-housing project and pensioner flats. Both are underway in Dunedin,  designed by Architype are targeting Passive House Certification.

There are also some apartments under consideration and a potential infill house in Auckland; I hope to see more enter the pipeline in 2020.

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