Assessing the integrated sustainability of a public rental housing project from the perspective of complex eco-system

Dezhi, Li, Yanchao, Chen, Hongxia, Chen, Kai, Guo, Hui, Eddie Chi-Man, & Yang, Jay (2016) Assessing the integrated sustainability of a public rental housing project from the perspective of complex eco-system. Habitat International, 53, pp. 546-555.

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Public rental housing (PRH) projects are the mainstream of China's new affordable housing policies, and their integrated sustainability has a far-reaching effect on medium-low income families' well-being and social stability. However, there are few quantitative researches on the integrated sustainability of PRH projects. Our study tries to fill this gap through proposing an assessment model of the integrated sustainability for PRH projects. First, this paper defines what the sustainability of a PRH project is. Second, after constructing the sustainable system of a PRH project from the perspective of complex eco-system, the paper explores the internal operation mechanism and the coupling mechanism among the ecological, economic and social subsystems. Third, it identifies fourteen indices to represent the sustainability system of a PRH project, including six indices of ecological subsystem, five of economic subsystem and three of social subsystem. Fourth, it qualifies the weights of three subsystems and their internal representative indices. In addition, an assessment model is established through expert surveys and analytic network process (ANP). Finally, the paper carries out an empirical research on a PRH project in Nanjing city of China, followed by suggestions to enhance the integrated sustainability. The sustainability system and its evaluation model proposed in this paper are concise and easy to understand and can provide a theoretical foundation and a scientific basis for the evaluation and optimization of PRH projects.

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ID Code: 93180
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sustainability, public rental housing, complex eco-system, ANP, China
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2016.01.001
ISSN: 0197-3975
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2016.01.001
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2016 23:42
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2016 18:03

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