Tiny homes to fix the climate crisis, UN report suggests

By Paul Homewood


h/t Patsy Lacey



Presumably this only applies to the peasants!!



People should move to "tiny homes" with less floor space to help fight climate change, a UN report has said.

The International Resource Panel, an international group of scientists, said that "trendy" smaller homes and group living could cut carbon emissions.

Lead author Edgar Hertwich, international chair in industrial ecology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said: "Limiting the growth in the size of our homes, and sharing rides and vehicles turned out to be the most effective ways to reduce emissions."

The group’s analysis showed that reducing demand for domestic floor space by up to 20 per cent could lower greenhouse gas emissions from building materials by 73 per cent in 2050.

Policies making energy more expensive and larger houses less desirable could be one way of achieving this, the report said, as could policies encouraging downsizing such as stamp duty cuts.

While average home sizes have been growing, a "social movement" to encourage downsizing has emerged driven by concerns about resource use and efficiency, the authors added.

Homes as small as 20 square metres have been showcased by architects as solutions to the high cost of living space in some cities, though critics argue that they represent a step backwards for people’s quality of life. 




As usual, this Telegraph article is behind a paywall. I cancelled my subscription months ago, but have found out that you can still download the articles simply by disabling javascript on your browser.

Disabling this, of course, is not a good idea normally, but as I never use Chrome, I have simply disabled it there.

Try it, it works!



November 19, 2020 at 08:24AM

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