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Sustainability 2015, 7(1), 248-270; doi:10.3390/su7010248

An Analysis of Professional Perceptions of Criteria Contributing to Sustainable Housing Affordability

School of the Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, Cherie Booth, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK
Institute of Land Management and Geomatics, Faculty of Water and Land Management, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Universiteto 10, Akademija, Kaunas 53361, Lithuania
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 13 October 2014 / Accepted: 17 December 2014 / Published: 29 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Housing affordability is a multi-dimensional issue, yet it is typically defined and assessed quite narrowly in terms of financial criteria. The housing affordability problem encompasses more than financial costs of housing and extends to larger issues of social wellbeing and sustainability. Accordingly, a broader range of factors ought to be considered when defining and assessing affordability, particularly if more sustainable outcomes are desired from housing. A comprehensive system of criteria representing sustainable housing affordability, developed by the authors, is validated and analysed in this paper. The quantitative data analysis of surveys conducted with housing and planning professionals across the UK is used to determine stakeholder’s perceptions on the criteria contributing to sustainable housing affordability and to rank these criteria according to their importance. The paper establishes that professional opinions on this issue differ insignificantly across different regions of the UK, while it varies to some extent depending on the sector of housing industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: housing affordability; sustainability; professional opinion; criteria; quantitative analysis housing affordability; sustainability; professional opinion; criteria; quantitative analysis

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Mulliner, E.; Maliene, V. An Analysis of Professional Perceptions of Criteria Contributing to Sustainable Housing Affordability. Sustainability 2015, 7, 248-270.

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