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How to Build Houses and Save the Countryside$
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Shaun Spiers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447339991

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447339991.001.0001

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(p.143) Afterword
How to Build Houses and Save the Countryside

Shaun Spiers

Policy Press

This afterword argues that if ministers really want to get houses built, they have the power to make it happen. However, obsessing about numbers alone is a bad mistake. The country will not get the new houses it needs by privileging numbers over everything else. Indeed, another argument in this book is that the countryside matters. As well as a housing crisis, the country has a host of related rural and environmental woes. The country needs to think hard about the location of new homes and build them in ways that foster nature and help address climate change. A serious push to ensure that all new homes are zero carbon and energy efficient will have significant social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Keywords:   house building, countryside, housing crisis, climate change, zero carbon, energy efficient

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