Performing accountability: making environmental credentials visible in housing design

Isabel Shaw, Ritsuko Ozaki

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Abstract

Making housing developments ‘environmentally sustainable’ requires housing developers to be accountable for their ‘green’ credentials. Accountability is promoted by both the UK government’s environmental policy for housing design – the Code for Sustainable Homes – and local councils in their planning criteria. These accountability practices are key to how relationships between housing professionals and local planning authorities influence practices and outcomes of environmental sustainability. In this article, we examine how accountability is performed in housing design and development. We argue that accountability practices involve the management of making environmental sustainability visible through demonstrating the utilisation of sustainable technologies. We contend that these ‘visibility’ practices are carried out to the detriment of an appreciation of how energy is both provided and consumed. Indeed, visibility practices play a key role in shaping the provision of renewable energy with diverse end-results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-139
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume87
Issue numberDec
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Accountability
  • Energy provision and consumption
  • Housing Development
  • Sustainable technologies
  • Visibility

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Shaw, Isabel ; Ozaki, Ritsuko. / Performing accountability: making environmental credentials visible in housing design. In: Energy Policy. 2015 ; Vol. 87, No. Dec. pp. 136-139.
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Performing accountability: making environmental credentials visible in housing design. / Shaw, Isabel; Ozaki, Ritsuko.

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