Housing is a complicated issue - it’s connected to several other sustainability topics like energy and transportation. Our decisions about housing drastically affect how we live and work for decades, if not centuries, later: in the US, many of our transportation and planning problems stem from the rise of the car and the suburbs in the 1950s. The residential sector consumes a large amount of gas and electricity for heating, cooling, and living, and we have to figure out how to reduce these amounts while maintaining comfort levels in homes. None of the solutions to these problems are universal - what works in one city (or even one neighborhood) will not work in a different city with a different climate (both geographically and politically).

If you’re working on a cool project to make housing more sustainable, or you see an interesting article addressing problems with housing, we want to hear about it! Use #ESWhousing on Facebook or Twitter to share your knowledge with the ESW community.

Suburban Nation by Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck
The Nature of College by James Farell