Low Impact Housing for Cities

In conclusion, there is a major imbalance in LID expectations, planning policies and assessment methods. This creates a culture where developers and commercial design practices stick to standard construction processes to maintain their profit margins. Of the few schemes that have appeared, the most successful take into account environmental and social considerations, with an emphasis on affordability and long-term management. This is critical to understand, as LID housing is not just regular developer housing with expensive technical solutions added in the name of sustainability. Promoters of LID point out that Low Impact Development needs to be ‘easy, attractive and affordable ’ (3). Until we reach that point, our cities will never come close to meeting sustainability targets that national governments have committed us to.

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