New Perspective on more Sustainable and Affordable Housing for Lower Income Group in Turkey - Assessing Life Cycle Cost

Emekçi, Şeyda
Tanyer, Ali Murat
A building must be sustainable in order to make as little impact as possible on the natural environments and use energy, water, land and other resources efficiently. However, the concept of sustainability makes sense when applied by all segments of society. No matter how sustainable, a building never achieves environmental protection completely, while another build-ing next to its harms the environment. To ensure environmental protection completely, especially the low-income group must be included in this situation. Contrary to the popular belief, sustaina-bility and being economic are not opposed to each other; but are complementary. As the housing built according to sustainability criteria will not create additional cost in total for low-income group, it is estimated to reduce total cost. In policies implemented especially in the lower income group projects, due to the fact that widely only construction cost is taken into account and mainte-nance and operating costs of housing are ignored, on the one hand, the housing producing for low-income group after a while cannot be affordable, on the other hand, it damages the sustainable environmental goals in terms of issues such as efficiently using energy, water, land and other resources. In addition, for the reason that the allocated share for housing expenses increases in total income, one would have to allocate less money for food, health care and other expenses. This can damage the social sustainability of the society. A housing project that appealed to the low-income group can contribute a sustainable living by reducing maintenance and operational costs incurred throughout its life cycle. In this study, the concept of sustainability will be dis-cussed with long term affordability in the context of low-cost housing in Turkey. The aim of the study is to help developing a transparent, extensive and systematic research of the commonalities, incompatibilities and tradeoffs between affordability and sustainability. This study offers general guidelines how produce more sustainable and affordable housing with using LCC analysis. The study also purposes to contribute to the housing policy in Turkey to produce more sustainable and affordable housing and to inform policy makers/decision-makers and occupants in terms of the effectiveness of existing low-cost housing projects in the long-term maintenance and operational affordability.
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Citation Formats
Ş. Emekçi and A. M. Tanyer, “New Perspective on more Sustainable and Affordable Housing for Lower Income Group in Turkey - Assessing Life Cycle Cost,” presented at the Sustainable Housing 2016, Porto, Portekiz, 2016, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: