Sustainable Housing development is a huge contributor to improving the lives of billions of people. Sustainable Housing development, when done properly can fuel economic growth, improve health, enhance communities, contribute to improved health and so much more. We contend that housing is the best mechanism to fuel job creation not only in the present but long into the future as the allied products and services form and develop to advance the housing condition forward.
Sustainable Housing is more than just economics. The health of children, families, communities and nations improves as the housing stock improves. Improved housing leads to improved communities which fosters the growth of schools, hospitals, governments and others organizations as they mature and require more sophisticated levels of service.
In addition, sustainable housing must be efficient for the future. Energy consumption by buildings outstrips every other area of energy consumption. The amount of energy needed to heat, cool, cook, wash and entertain in the home is presently unsustainable. Unfortunately, most of the least energy efficient housing is also the least developed housing stock in the world. The shear magnitude of billions of people living in inefficient housing lays claim to the need to have a paradigm shift with respect to low cost housing.
Hence, IADDIC has made Sustainable Housing a core principle. We embrace what Green Housing means and are determined to take affordable technologies into areas where mass housing deficits can meet with improved housing to leave a lasting impact on our world. But let’s not forget that our work is intended to improve the lives of people. Not simply drive economies, or reduce energy consumption, but to truly have a positive impact on our world for generations to come.
We lay out, on the following pages a roadmap that we use in consultative sessions to communicate and implement sustainable housing development projects. We include as many stakeholders as possible from the country leadership to the housing occupant and other affected individuals or groups. We showcase how starting with as little as 25 cents USD a day, a sustainable housing development project can grow and prosper to the point of not only home ownership, but preservation of the community/environment, improved education and more.