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The sustainability implications of single occupancy households

09 February, 2021

The sustainability implications of single occupancy households

Diana Ivanova

Milena Buchs

Research paper   Materials & Products

Diana Ivanova, Tullia Jack, Milena Büchs and Kirsten Gram-Hanssen

Fresh thinking is needed on how we share spaces and services in dwellings and cities

Single occupancy households consume more resources per capita, and demographics suggest single occupancy is now widespread in many countries. Environmental policies need to adjust to include per capita consumption to account for occupancy and efficient use of resources. Diana Ivanova, Tullia Jack, Milena Büchs and Kirsten Gram-Hanssen explain how the sharing of resources at domestic, neighbourhood and urban scales can have positive environmental and social impacts.

Publication details

Ivanova, D., Jack, T., Büchs, M. and Gram-Hanssen, K. 2021. The sustainability implications of single occupancy householdsOpens in a new tab. Buildings & Cities commentary, 09 February 2021.

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