Sustainability of Social Housing in the Urban Tropics
Licentiate thesis, 2016

The Licentiate thesis looks at sustainable building approaches for social housing in emerging economies. It combines theoretical concepts with practical applications of sustainability and underlines the relevance and strength of multi-dimensional development. At the example of the Philippines, the conceptual framework for a multi-perspective development process of a bamboo-based building system is developed. Sustainability Assessment Criteria are defined based on data from three stakeholder clusters: (1) Builders and users of traditional bamboo houses in the Philippines; (2) Stakeholders involved in using forest products for housing in countries around the world; and (3) Stakeholders in the field of social housing of the Philippines. Through a qualitative content analysis, research areas are identified and categorized into five dimensions of holistic sustainability: technology, society, ecology, economy, and governance. The Licentiate names methods leading to measurable, quantitative endpoints for those research areas and presents selected results: from mechanical property and fire resistance testing in the technical pillar, to environmental impact assessment in the ecological dimension as well as pathways towards a legal approval as contribution to the governance pillar. An accompanying implementation project is introduced, producing outputs in economic, social and governance dimension, and a pathway for the course of the PhD is shaped. By the end of the PhD thesis, a holistic sustainability assessment of the building technology will be provided for the given context of social housing in the Philippines.


Urban Housing

Holistic Sustainability

Sustainable Building

Alternative Building Materials and Methods


Stakeholder Needs

Johanneberg Science Park
Opponent: Ingerlise Syversen


Corinna Salzer

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Building Technology

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Construction Management

Other Materials Engineering

Building Technologies

Environmental Sciences

Lic - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology

Johanneberg Science Park

Opponent: Ingerlise Syversen

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