Low Carbon Housing: A ‘Green’ Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Louise Anne Reid, Donald Houston

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Ambitious carbon reduction targets are driving a new era of carbon control reflecting the UK, the EU and international commitment to mitigating the predicted impacts of global warming and climate change. Observed as a transition away from the more holistic goals of sustainable development (While et al., 2001), the ‘low carbon’ (LC) agenda is increasingly recognised as problematic in so far as it is pro-technological and promethean, marginalising the importance of social, political, economic and wider environmental issues. With specific implications for housing and householders, the paper explores how the current preoccupation with ‘LC’ presents some potential pitfalls in relation to advancing sustainable housing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number1
Early online date12 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


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