Sustainability Evaluation for Low-Cost Housing Projects With special reference to Khartoum State Fund for Housing and Development projects
Z. E. Awad and Z. O. Gaafer

Low- cost housing projects in developing countries can be considered a burden more than an investment for governments, housing projects should be more than a roof over head. It is a community and a source of social and economic development. Because of the lack of adequate assessment criteria for sustainable development in low-cost housing projects, a poor living environment and lack of public participation in neighborhood construction and development has occurred. This paper examines the main principles of urban sustainability that characterize “sustainable neighborhoods” to evaluate some of the low-cost housing projects in Sudan. The paper selects a set of urban parameters to assess the current situation of these projects in terms of urban morphology, housing typology, urban mobility, employment and income generation and sustainable building technologies. The paper recommended accessible locations for lowcost housing projects, and reserve land especially for that use, introduction of mixed land -use within the new projects and providing new housing types that may improve the neighborhoods environment. Ensure that there is a social mixture of inhabitant, encourage families to use part of their houses for other uses such as commercial to improve family income, keep inhabitants near their homes and make the neighborhood mixed-use. Connect housing with work and introduce new work sites such as farms and light industry near to remote housing projects and encourage provision

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jea.v4n2a11