The effect of climate change is widely experienced around the world to include rising sea water levels, ambient temperatures that would impact on the indoor comfort of those in buildings. Yet housing is a complex system of energy and environment that demands a delicate balance between the needs and wants of the society. Housing is a major building block of the urban core of cities and a major contributor of carbon emissions and changes are needed in their design to ensure the emissions are lowered. The changes include the reliance on renewable energy, recycling of resources and use of appropriate technology that are customized to the end-user.
Housing is a system of energy and environment and required to accommodate wants and needs of individuals and society, which are usually considered to be diverse and dynamic. The 'needs' factor often reflects minimum quality of end-user products (i.e. housing) and may embrace 'adequacy' being prescribed in conventional codes, while the 'wants' may be satisfied only if they are defined clearly by stakeholders (e.g. house-users and builder/developers) at the design decision making stage. 'Mass customization' is an oxymoron or, perhaps, a paradigm case of a systems approach to identifying the aforementioned wants and needs that should be incorporated into the design of end-user products (or homes). Albeit increasing market demands for achievement of social, economic and environmental sustainability in housing today, conventional homebuilders (and housing manufacturers alike) who are often reluctant to spending extra time, money and effort for information gathering of new products and services are still barely able to adopt recently emerging innovations including mass custom design approaches to the delivery of sustainable affordable homes.
ZEMCH 2013 aims to establish an intellectual forum of interactive discussion on design, production and marketing issues surrounding the delivery of low to zero energy/CO2 emission mass-customisable homes being built in developed and developing countries. The conference is open to any stakeholders who are involved in housing research, business, teaching, and policy.PHOTO GALLERY
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