Low carbon housing: a ‘Green’ wolf in sheep's clothing?

Reid, L. A. and Houston, D. (2013) Low carbon housing: a ‘Green’ wolf in sheep's clothing? Housing Studies, 28(1), pp. 1-9. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2013.729263)

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Abstract

Ambitious carbon reduction targets are driving a new era of carbon control reflecting the UK, the EU and international commitment to mitigating the predicted impacts of global warming and climate change. Observed as a transition away from the more holistic goals of sustainable development (While et al., 2001), the ‘low carbon’ (LC) agenda is increasingly recognised as problematic in so far as it is pro-technological and promethean, marginalising the importance of social, political, economic and wider environmental issues. With specific implications for housing and householders, the paper explores how the current preoccupation with ‘LC’ presents some potential pitfalls in relation to advancing sustainable housing.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Houston, Professor Donald
Authors: Reid, L. A., and Houston, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0267-3037
ISSN (Online):1466-1810

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