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Sustainability 2016, 8(2), 151; doi:10.3390/su8020151

Sustainability of Social Housing in Asia: A Holistic Multi-Perspective Development Process for Bamboo-Based Construction in the Philippines

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Chair of Sustainable Building, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Base Bahay, Chino Roces Avenue, 1200 Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
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Bambou Science et Innovation; 14 rue André Messager, 33 520 Bruges, France
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Academic Editors: Thorsten Schuetze, Hendrik Tieben, Lorenzo Chelleri, York Ostermeyer and Marc Wolfram
Received: 30 November 2015 / Accepted: 26 January 2016 / Published: 6 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards True Smart and Green Cities?)
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This paper highlights the need for a more inclusive and sustainable development of social housing in rapidly developing countries of Asia, Latin America, and Africa. At the example of the Philippines, a multi-perspective development process for a bamboo-based building system is developed. Sustainability Assessment Criteria are defined through literature review, field observations and interviews with three stakeholder clusters: (1) Builders and users of traditional bamboo houses in the Philippines; (2) Stakeholders involved in using forest products for housing in other countries around the world; and (3) Stakeholders in the field of social housing in the Philippines. Through coding and sorting of data in a qualitative content analysis, 15 sustainability assessment criteria are identified clustered into the dimensions society, ecology, economy, governance, and technology. Guided by the sustainability criteria and four implementation strategies: (A) Research about and (B) Implementation of the building technology; (C) Participation and Capacity Building of Stakeholders; and (D) Sustainable Supply Chains, a strategic roadmap was created naming, in total, 28 action items. Through segmentation of the complex problem into these action items, the paper identifies one-dimensional methods leading to measurable, quantitative endpoints. In this way, qualitative stakeholder data is translated into quantitative methods, forming a pathway for a holistic assessment of the building technologies. A mid-point, multi-criteria, or pareto decision-making method comparing the 28 endpoints of the alternative to currently practiced conventional solutions is suggested as subject for further research. This framework paper is a contribution to how sustainable building practices can become more inclusive, incorporating the building stock of low-income dwellers. It bridges the gap between theoretical approach and practical applications of sustainability and underlines the strength of combining multi-dimensional development with stakeholder participation. View Full-Text
Keywords: stakeholder participation; sustainability criteria; sustainable building; social housing; multi-perspective development process; bamboo stakeholder participation; sustainability criteria; sustainable building; social housing; multi-perspective development process; bamboo
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Salzer, C.; Wallbaum, H.; Lopez, L.F.; Kouyoumji, J.L. Sustainability of Social Housing in Asia: A Holistic Multi-Perspective Development Process for Bamboo-Based Construction in the Philippines. Sustainability 2016, 8, 151.

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