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Implementing net zero affordable housing — towards a human-centred approach

orcid-imageJing ZhaoJing Zhao

Dr. Jing Zhao is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of West of England. Her research focuses on integrating the human elements of various social and cultural context into the process of decarbonising the housing sector. It is underpinned by better understanding people’s behaviours such as adopting and using low-carbon technology within the built environment, as well as the sociotechnical and organisational changes required in the decarbonisation process, and their policy implications.

Abstract

This paper reviews the UK Net Zero Strategy in conjunction with the decarbonisation of the affordable housing sector, with a focus on the key stakeholders involved in the decar- bonisation process. Viewing it from a socio-ŋtechnical perspective, this paper discusses three overarching groups of people in delivering low-carbon affordable housing — affordable housing providers, the supply chain and residents — highlights the range of issues and factors that policymakers should be considering; provides sign-posts to evidence; and discusses some critical gaps, barriers and transition risk factors in delivering net zero policies and potential mitigating strategies that can be learned from exemplary projects. The conclusion of this paper proposes a preliminary structure for a five-step place-based, human-centred framework to implement net zero in the affordable housing sector, emphasising the importance of long-term legislative certainty and funding, localised decision-making with stakeholder engagement, including approaches such as communities of practice, a soft landings framework, and developing monitoring and evaluation matrices.

Keywords

Net Zero Strategyaffordable housinghuman-centredplace-baseddecarbonisationsocio-technicallow-carboncommunities of practicesoft landingsevaluation matrices
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Published on: 28 September 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 4
Article ID: 009
Pages:9 - 34
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Zhao (2023), ' Implementing net zero affordable housing — towards a human-centred approach ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 4): 009 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s4.009

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Implementing net zero affordable housing — towards a human-centred approach

orcid-imageJing ZhaoJing Zhao

Dr. Jing Zhao is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of West of England. Her research focuses on integrating the human elements of various social and cultural context into the process of decarbonising the housing sector. It is underpinned by better understanding people’s behaviours such as adopting and using low-carbon technology within the built environment, as well as the sociotechnical and organisational changes required in the decarbonisation process, and their policy implications.