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Framework for Evaluating the Sustainability of Public Housing Programmes in Developing Countries

Ibem, Eziyi O. and Azuh, Dominic E. (2011) Framework for Evaluating the Sustainability of Public Housing Programmes in Developing Countries. Journal of Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection (JSDEP) , 1 (3). pp. 24-39.

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This paper presents a framework for the evaluation of sustainability of public housing programmes in developing countries. It is motivated by the gap between theory and application of the concept of sustainability to solving practical problems in the production and consumption of housing in developing countries. It argues that dearth of multi-dimensional evaluation framework for assessing the long term environmental, technological, economic, social and cultural consequences of public housing programmes is partly responsible for this development. The paper proposed an integrated analytical and evaluation framework based on the construct of sustainable development and housing as a social programme. The framework basically hypothesized a direct link between the outcomes and sustainability of public housing programmes; and suggests the adoption of housing and neighbourhood environment quality, housing affordability; quality of life, evidence of preservation of cultural heritage as well as technical feasibility as parameters for assessing key dimensions of sustainability of public housing schemes. Although, the effectiveness of the framework lies more on the use of subjective than objective parameters; it addresses the limitations of environmentally biased evaluation frameworks for sustainable housing. The paper suggests the adoption of this framework as an analytical, research and assessment tool in sustainable housing research.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Dr. Eziyi O. Ibem
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 09:10
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2015 23:04

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