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Identifying the Most Significant Factors Affecting Urban Housing Sustainability and Their Scales/Sectors of Influence: A Systematic Review of the Recent Literature

Version 1 : Received: 8 July 2022 / Approved: 14 July 2022 / Online: 14 July 2022 (10:34:25 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 11 August 2022 / Approved: 12 August 2022 / Online: 12 August 2022 (04:37:59 CEST)

How to cite: Sanei, M.; Khodadad, M.; Calonge Reillo, F. Identifying the Most Significant Factors Affecting Urban Housing Sustainability and Their Scales/Sectors of Influence: A Systematic Review of the Recent Literature. Preprints 2022, 2022070210 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202207.0210.v2). Sanei, M.; Khodadad, M.; Calonge Reillo, F. Identifying the Most Significant Factors Affecting Urban Housing Sustainability and Their Scales/Sectors of Influence: A Systematic Review of the Recent Literature. Preprints 2022, 2022070210 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202207.0210.v2).

Abstract

Housing is always crucial for the sustainable development of communities, specifically in urban areas, due to the population density of cities. The present study constructs its own structure on the basis of the recent papers investigating various sustainability factors for the urban housing sector. By doing a comprehensive systematic literature review, one of the most extensive lists of urban housing sustainability factors is gathered from 118 recent related papers. The factors are prioritized by their frequency of investigation and categorized by their scale(s) and sector(s) of influence. According to the results, the top three significant factors affecting urban housing sustainability are “natural resource or energy consumption/efficiency of the building/equipment (during the construction, operation, etc.)”, “materials performance (durability, cost, thermal capacity, permeability, ability to re-use, recycled, eco-friendly materials)”, and “access to public services/infrastructure: availability/quality of services and/or distance/time of travel time to the services (public transport, education/health/shopping/leisure facilities, parks, etc.)”. By analyzing the results with an integrative approach, it is understood that environmental factors are the most considered ones (more considered than the factors with influence on all sustainability sectors) where institutional factors received the least attention. Also, the most significant measures are the ones that have impacts on both ‘building’ and ‘neighborhood/community’ scales. It should be noticed that the neighborhood/community scale indicators are seen, almost, as important as the measures that affect the building itself. The results of this study can be helpful in establishing future housing-related policies, and also in having more efficient housing sustainability assessment tools.

Keywords

Sustainability Assessment; Urban Housing Sustainability; Sustainability Indicator

Subject

ENGINEERING, Construction

Comments (1)

Comment 1
Received: 12 August 2022
Commenter: Mohsen Sanei
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: In coordination with the publisher and due to the page limitation, the full list of factors with the references mentioning each of them is uploaded to a platform, as a supplementary file, and is cited in the paper. It can be found at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.20477112.v2. 
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