We spent the afternoon combing over it, including the technical summary – focusing on the Built Environment chapters: Urban Systems and other Settlements (Ch. 8), Buildings (Ch. 9), and Transportation (Ch. 10).
Unsurprisingly, most of the report included things that we have long advocated for, and are focusing on: Passivhaus/energetic retrofits, decarbonized construction (wood construction! prefabrication!), sponge cities/blue-green infrastructure, walkable & bike-friendly cities, and ecodistricts. Naturally, there are co-benefits for all of these topics (including big ones around reduction in noise and air pollution, and better public health outcomes) – and many of also have amplifying effects at the industrial level as well.
This is already our approach to planning and building – it’s foundational to who we are and why we were founded.
However, we were not expecting, and were thrilled to see, an endorsement for co-housing/Baugruppen in the report’s chapter on buildings:
Baugruppen offer numerous advantages to the business as usual approach to multifamily development – they’re community-oriented, multigenerational, family-friendly, sustainable, livable, and more affordable.
Reducing loneliness for elderly residents, single parents – even families, or refugees – and allowing people to live together in community, is a benefit definitely worth highlighting. Social sustainability, along with economic and environmental – is critical to meeting our climate goals, as laid out in the WGIII report.
If you would like to talk to know more about urban co-housing/baugruppen, please contact us.