Low-impact luxury: how Swiss cooperative housing effectively reduces footprint

Lidewij Tummers

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractScientific


Residents are often the driving forces behind the application of low-impact building materials and low-energy utilities, based on an integrated understanding of sustainability as well as self-interest: costs of housing are calculated in the projects as a sum of rent/purchase per m2; energy costs and typical co-housing costs for example for shared spaces. In this way, resident-led design or co-creation leads to sustainable and demand-driven housing qualities at similar or lower costs than mainstream, institutionally steered and standardised design. This paper analyses the strategies and design of the Geneva based housing cooperative Equilibre
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventENHR Conference 2018: More together, more apart: Migration, densification, segregation - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 26 Jun 201829 Jun 2018


ConferenceENHR Conference 2018


  • low-impact housing

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