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What is Sustainable Housing?

Listed below are some of the characteristics of sustainable housing as defined by BASIX and ESD consultants which can be found in low life-cycle environmental impact projects auch as; Eco-houses, passive solar heating, and waste iminimisation infrastructure. If you’re looking for a new home, sustainable housing may be a great option.


Eco-houses are homes designed to be environmentally friendly. They use natural materials and conserve energy, which reduces the overall impact on the environment. Many of these houses use wood as the main building material because it’s renewable and has good insulation properties. Others use compacted earth, which is a natural building material. These homes are designed to be affordable and easy to maintain over the long term. They also have a smaller footprint and can easily be adapted to changing needs.

Although the cost of an eco-house may be more than a traditional house, the long-term savings on energy will make it worthwhile. Additionally, an eco-house is much easier to assemble than a conventional home. And because they come in kit form, installation costs are much lower.

Minimal waste management

The goal of sustainable housing is to create structures that produce minimal waste. Today, approximately 60% of urban Africans live in informal settlements, and over 230 tons of plastic waste was imported into the continent between 1990 and 2017. In confined spaces, such as cities, it is critical to find ways to manage this waste in sustainable ways. Using recycled plastic waste as building materials is a good way to create sustainable housing. For instance, in Singapore, a city of 5.5 million people is only 700 square kilometers big, yet the National Environment Agency has recognized the importance of reusing and recycling waste.

Low life-cycle environmental impact

Sustainable housing is a type of building that has low environmental impact over its entire lifecycle. A residential building’s lifecycle includes three phases: construction, use, and decommissioning. The first stage of construction involves the use of energy, materials, and resources. The second phase involves the operations associated with the building throughout its useful life.

The third stage involves the decommissioning and removal of the building. These processes take a long time and increase the impacts. The purpose of life-cycle assessment is to measure and mitigate the effects of different materials and processes. Life-cycle analysis involves assessing the environmental impacts and comparing the environmental benefits and costs of different building materials. The full-life-cycle assessment of construction can be used to help determine which materials are sustainable, and how much they affect the environment.

Sustainable housing is different from conventional houses in several ways. In some cases, the home is very simple and has only two or three rooms. Typically, it does not include plumbing, electricity, appliances, or electricity. It is also not permanent and returns to the earth in a few years. The result is a low life-cycle environmental impact. These homes include teepees, igloos, earthen dugouts, and simple adobe houses.


The cost-effectiveness of building a sustainable home is often underestimated. According to a recent study by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, incorporating environmentally friendly features in a house adds less than 2% to the overall cost. But you must consider the total cost of building your home before you make the decision to opt for eco-friendly construction. This will help you avoid paying unnecessary costs later on.

Sustainable homes also have a longer lifespan, reducing the overall environmental impact of a home. In addition, they are also more energy-efficient and flexible. Moreover, they are cheaper to maintain in the long run. As a result, they reduce the need for future renovations.

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