The ethics of sustainable housing design : the dilemma for practising architects

Fuller, Robert, de Jong, Ursula and Mellersh-Lucas, Su 2008, The ethics of sustainable housing design : the dilemma for practising architects, Architectural science review, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 231-238, doi: 10.3763/asre.2008.5128.

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Title The ethics of sustainable housing design : the dilemma for practising architects
Author(s) Fuller, Robert
de Jong, UrsulaORCID iD for de Jong, Ursula
Mellersh-Lucas, Su
Journal name Architectural science review
Volume number 51
Issue number 3
Start page 231
End page 238
Total pages 8
Publisher Earthscan
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 0003-8628
Keyword(s) architecture, , , ,
ecological footprint
Summary Globally wc arc grappling with the concept of sustainability. What does it mean and how should we respond to ensure that the planet's current ecosystems survive? Architects are in the 'front line' because of the impact of buildings on resource use and waste generation. Most definitions of sustainability are unhelpful because of their wordiness, lack of detail or ambiguity. Others distort the concept of sustainability to allow business-as-usual (i.e., unsustainable) activity to continue. Using one particular model of sustainability, this paper explores the ethical dilemma faced by architects in the residential sector when confronted by a client who wants a house that is clearly unsustainable. The paper begins with definitions of sustainability and ethics; then the literature examining sustainable architecture is reviewed for possible solutions to the dilemma. Two indicators are suggested to make a broad-brush assessment of sustainability. Finally, some practical options for the practising architect are suggested.
Language eng
DOI 10.3763/asre.2008.5128
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
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