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Identifying the Most Significant Factors Affecting Urban Housing Sustainability and Their Scales/Sectors of Influence: A Systematic Review of the Recent Literature

Authors : Mohsen Sanei, Mina Khodadad, Fernando Calonge Reillo

Published in: Advances in Environmental Sustainability

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Housing is always crucial for the sustainable development of communities, specifically in urban areas, due to the population density of cities. The present study constructs its own structure based on the recent papers investigating various sustainability factors for the urban housing sector. A comprehensive systematic literature review gathered one of the most extensive lists of urban housing sustainability factors from 118 recent related papers. The factors are prioritized by their frequency of investigation and categorized by their scale(s) and sector(s) of influence. According to the results, the top three significant factors affecting urban housing sustainability are “natural resource or energy consumption/efficiency of the building/equipment (during the construction, operation, etc.),” “materials performance (durability, cost, thermal capacity, permeability, ability to re-use, recycled, eco-friendly materials),” and “access to public services/infrastructure: availability/quality of services and/or distance/time of travel time to the services (public transport, education/health/shopping/leisure facilities, parks, etc.).” By analyzing the results with an integrative approach, we found that environmental factors are the most considered ones, whereas institutional factors received the least attention from sustainability sectors. Also, the most significant measures are the ones that have impacts on both the ‘building’ and ‘neighborhood/community’ scales. We noticed that the neighborhood/community scale indicators are almost as important as the measures that affect the building itself. The results of this study can help establish future housing-related policies and more efficient housing sustainability assessment tools.

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Metadata
Title
Identifying the Most Significant Factors Affecting Urban Housing Sustainability and Their Scales/Sectors of Influence: A Systematic Review of the Recent Literature
Authors
Mohsen Sanei
Mina Khodadad
Fernando Calonge Reillo
Copyright Year
2023
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-26365-1_8