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SUSTAINABLE HOUSING by María José Díaz

INTRODUCING THE TOPIC

Name the different houses you can see in the picture below and think about the way they might be decorated, the kind of people that might live there and the good and bad aspect of each of them.

Housing options.

HOUSING PROBLEMS

Now consider the housing-related problems that our society has faced in the last few years. Here are some of them:

SQUATTING. When someone deliberately enters property without permission and lives there or intends to live there.

EVICTION. The act of officially forcing someone to leave a house or property.

HOMELESSNESS. The state of having no home.

SLUMS.

LACK OF AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING.

AND... THE CHALLENGE TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE HOUSES

You are going to watch a video about sustainability. After watching it you will have to answer these questions:

1. What three things does Peter do that make him think he leads a sustainable life?

2. According to what Carl von Carlowitz realised about tree logging, what do you think the basic principle of sustainability is?

3. What are the three pillars of sustainability?

4. What two things do we have to stop using if we want to be sustainable?

5. Why should we buy locally-grown products?

6. What example of unsustainability is shown in the video?

YOUR PROJECT

Work in small groups of three people and design a sustainable house. Consider the three basic principles while designing it: the economic, the environmental and the social one. You might think of the place where you would build it, the materials you would use, how you would light and heat it, how you would reduce the production of waste and how you would make it socially friendly.

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Created By
María José Díaz
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Credits:

Created with images by Andres Iga - "untitled image" • Greta Schölderle Møller - "Packing on the bunk bed" • Clem Onojeghuo - "holding all" • Ali Morshedlou - "Good Karma" • billycm - "people child girl" • ReadyElements - "access achievement advertising" • Evan Leith - "Cozy Cabin"

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