Men’s Nipples Visible Through Shirt? Time For New Housing Standards!

This post is hardly good news for citizens of the United Kingdom. Other nationalities may view it with a sigh of relief together with head-scratching curiosity. As far as...

Why Not Confront The Sweltering Homeless With Frosty Love?

This summer of 2022, the media in Europe is replete with advice for mad dogs and Englishmen planning to go out in the midday sunRead in The Guardian: Why...

Windsor, Ontario Takes On ‘Green’ Public Housing Refurbishment

In North America, providing housing for the most vulnerable has been achieving limited success in 'mixed' income housing projects. Decaying public housing is torn down and replaced with new,...

Scoping The Challenge Of Reducing Energy Emissions In Our Homes

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University annually issues a 'State of the Nation's Housing' report. A release 'event' is convened where the results are reported and...

‘Go Green’ Bleeds Life Into Public Housing ‘Demolition By Neglect’

Why should New York City, and a lot of other cities for that matter, refurbish existing public housing when knocking it down and building anew would be cheaper? Because it's...

Carbon Emissions: A Death Knell For On-Site Public Housing Construction?

When it comes to housing construction these days, it's more than a challenge to keep up with the Green Revolution and its requirements to prevent climate change. That's to...

Goosed By Pandemic: Walkers? Yes, Big Time! Bikers . . . Not So Much

The cost of housing is so high these days that ownership is prohibitive to many, if not most in the next generation. Meanwhile, rental housing costs can drive you...

Energy Retrofits In Older Homes: A Case Study

Climate change is a compelling argument for doing things differently. In northern climates at least, our homes contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and rising global temperatures. Researchers have...

United Kingdom Energy Security Strategy – What’s Missing?

To mark Earth Day this year, the National Housing Federation (NHF) summarized developments in energy saving activities among social housing providers. We've chosen to pair the first subject covered: "Electric...

Bristol UK Social Housing Bootstraps Wind Power

The world is scheduling the abandonment of gas and petroleum power. So bring on electricity! That demand is being energized by activists and, increasingly, by government. And when governments...

What Happens If NIMBY Takes Aim At Net Zero?

Net ZeroSee the United Nations Net Zero Coalition for more on this term: Climate Action , Social Housing and NIMBY: what lies at the intersection of these murky futures?...

USA Climate Change: Who’s Got Junk? Everybody.

Climate change has brought new risks to America, as it has to every other nation in the world. One kind of risk, as yet little prepared-for, is debris from...

A ‘Green’ Opportunity To Make Homes Accessible

Disability rights activists have been pointing out that despite international agreement about accessibility rights, much of the built environment is not accessible. One of those activists, Graham Findlay, sees...

After Suitable Caution, We’re Pumping Our Fists For Norwegian Heat Pumps

Are there reasons to be cheerful about heat pumps? That's the story from Norway. Being apartment renters all, the staff of affordablehousingaction.org's own cheeriness about heat pumps is entirely...

Pricey Climate Broil: Global Crisis With Different Strokes For Different Folks

For the hot, hot, hot citizens of Phoenix, Arizona, climate change is cranking up the weather thermostat. A recent report describes rising local temperatures as "expensive," and outlines some...

Deadly Cold, Deadly Heat: North America Threatens A Continent’s Homeless

A life-ending threat to the homeless is a familiar one over large swaths of North America in the depths of winter: deadly cold. With homelessness on the increase as...

Too Young To Fret? Social Housing Provides Outlet For Youthful Worrying

Why should children and youth worry about major world conundrums such as ongoing deadly pandemics, or human-triggered climate change that promises to soon broil more and more life on earth?...

Manchester UK Breaks New Ground In Building Social Housing To Green Specs

Social housing activists on both sides of the Atlantic from USA across to the UK and Europe, fight an uphill battle against persistent remnants of neoliberal thought. By now, everyone...

Water You Waiting For? Climate Change Disaster That Needs Fixing Now

Peering south from the top half of the North American continent, a casual observer might be inclined to believe that climate-change driven floods are a crisis for the south,...

Why Parks Are Needed For The Poor, More Than Middle Class Or Rich

"Plant Blindness" — it's an affliction you may well never have heard of. But plants play an important role in human health. Plant blindness prevents us from taking advantage...

Housing in The Far North: Familiar Unaffordability With An Ugly Climate Twist

Recently, we reported on a CBC special series that examined the financialization of rental housing in Canada's far north, which was making life difficult — often next to impossible...

Permanently Overwhelmed By Climate Change? For Some It’s Already Happening

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is featuring a series of explorations about climate change. It recently took that interest south to an in-depth exploration of the impact of two...

A Rhode Island Public Housing Collective Becomes An Electricity Farm

The earliest forms of energy conversion for human use were granular — many small conversions using wood or peat or coal in a fireplace for warmth or a stove...

Public Housing Vertical Forests in North America: Future or Fad?

As far as North America is concerned, vertical forests are not quite the future or the current fad. It seems none have arrived here yet. In Europe, it's another story....

Climate Change And The Pandemic Drive Interest In Land Trusts and Co-operatives

News from Reuters appeared recently about low cost housing co-operatives in Thailand, which have been supported by the Thai government since 2003. As a consequence of climate change, more and...

Scientists Champion Measures To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Thirty-nine scientists contributed to an article about indoor air quality in the May 2021 issue of Science. Their major concern is that indoor air quality is largely unregulated and...

Green Building Materials: Not 1 But 3 Little Pigs Can Be Winners

Remember the three little pigs and their variously constructed houses, only one of which survived the huffing and puffing of the big bad wolf? Well, modern, eco-aware societies need pigs...

Public Housing: “Lean And Mean” Clashes With “Green”

American public housing over the last few decades has been an underfunded study in ignoring basic tenant health and safety. But with a growing outcry about everything from lead...

Can Vertical Forest Splash Save Netherlands Social Housing Cash?

There can be little argument that Milan's pioneering "Vertical Forest" building is a striking feat of architecture.Or rather, it will become one at some time in the future. Built...

Green New Deal Part For Housing 3: Overcoming The Zoning Barrier?

The Tyee has published a five part series about a green new deal for housing. The Tyee is based in Vancouver, where housing prices are pricing out more and...

Green New Deal For Housing Part 2: Getting To Yes

The Tyee has published a five-part series about a green new deal for housing. The Tyee is based in Vancouver, where housing prices are pricing out more and more...

Green New Deal For Housing Part 1: Connecting Housing Prices And Climate Change

The Tyee has published a five part series about a green new deal for housing. The Tyee is based in Vancouver, where housing prices are beyond the reach of...

Tenants Call For Green Kitchens In NYCHA Buildings

Tenants living in housing owned by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) have come up with a great idea to get the ball rolling on a Green New...

Aussie Power Project Turns Social Housing Tenants Into Sun Worshipers

Dismissing a useful future for social housing these days works most dramatically when raising the spectre of high rise projects. President Trump, as part of his 2020 campaign, has...

Green Social Housing: Impossible Dream Or Old News?

One way or another, many feel that social housing is too expensive for America, even as many other nations find ways to utilize this truly affordable form of housing....

Landlords Vs. Climate Change: How Will Renters Weather The Clash?

Australia already appears to be suffering from the dramatic and devastating effects of climate change while being led, like America, by a government that refuses to see any sign...

3 North America Countries Make A Chicken & Ostrich Climate-Burger

The buns of our proposed climate burger features the famous Chicken Little twins. That would be Mexico and Canada, running around the barnyard and crying "Climate Change is coming,...

Time To Recognize The Need For A ‘Green New Deal For Housing?’

At affordablehousingaction.org we've expressed some concern that climate change activists may find themselves competing for limited funding with affordable housing activistsTry: Saving The World One Tree? Affordable House? At...

Housing Literally Under Water Might Burst A Housing Bubble, Trigger Recession

The housing market collapsed in 2008 and caused an economic recession in the United States, which spread to other countries. It was triggered when new homeowners found themselves 'under...

Cowichan Climate Change Prep: Best of Intentions Tangled in Reality

Duncan, British Columbia, Canada's tiniest city mired in a much larger Cowichan Valley suburban sprawl, has seen fit to declare a climate emergency. Our hats are off. Earnest, well-meaning and...

North York, ON: Intersecting Crises And The Parking Lot Conundrum

A local government is responsible to its citizens for carefully weighing important decisions. It therefore cannot be expected to respond rapidly to the changing nature of some crises it...

Climate Change Threatens Another Knockdown Blow To Affordable Housing

"Hurricane Sandy was the greatest natural disaster to ever impact public housing residents in New York City". So begins the abstract of Public Housing on the Periphery: Vulnerable Residents and...

Plucky Norwich Council Bridges The Energy-Affordability Divide

One of the arguments levelled against energy efficiency in affordable housing is the increased cost of construction. Savings realized through lower energy bills in the long term require higher...

Saving The World One Tree? Affordable House? At A Time

An article about a 'green' project on the Island of Montreal reflects a conflict pitting two well meaning and determined groups of activists against each other, something we'll undoubtedly...

Housing Vs. Environment: Early Skirmishes Signal All-Out Battle To Come

Consider the American housing sector, together with its political and activist support, which is concerned with building both market rate and affordable housing. Needless to say, it prefers to...

World Wide Survival Wrestling: Green New Deal Versus Affordable Housing

The article linked below provides a taste of battle-royals to come. On one hand are activists who champion the plight of today's children, struggling tomorrow as grownups to survive in...

Affordable Housing: Can It Be Lean And Mean And Also Green?

Exclusive neighbourhoods of single family dwellings are facing an uncertain future as the pressure of an affordable housing crisis bears down upon protective zoning. For more on this try: Minneapolis...

Unholy Partnership Of ‘NIMBY + Environmental Review’ Proves Toxic To Speedy Affordable Housing Development

Developers and Local Government alike are fond of blaming each other for lengthy delays in the planning of housing projects. In the United Kingdom, a Government draft proposal is...
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