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Reconciling Security with Sustainability: The Challenge for Eco-Homes

Armitage, Rachel and Monchuk, Leanne (2009) Reconciling Security with Sustainability: The Challenge for Eco-Homes. Built Environment, 35 (3). pp. 308-327. ISSN 02637960

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The importance of sustainable development is clear. The United Kingdom needs more homes, yet the impact on the environment must be minimized. Planning policy has begun to reflect this challenge, and the Code for Sustainable Homes (albeit voluntary) sets standards to improve the sustainability of new homes and offers a tool for developers to differentiate themselves within the market, based on their green credentials. Although there is no doubting the importance of sustainable development, it is essential to ensure that a step forward for the green agenda does not present a step back for crime prevention and designing out crime. This paper presents the findings from a recent project to establish the extent to which security and sustainability criteria might conflict. Through a detailed analysis of both planning and crime prevention policy, as well as a review of existing eco-homes throughout the United Kingdom, conflicts are identified and recommendations are made for aligning the two agendas.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: (c) 2009 Alexandrine Press. This issue edited by Rachel Armitage, University of Huddersfield and Lorraine Gamman, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
T Technology > TH Building construction
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2009 16:26
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2015 04:58


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