Chiara Del Core 12 mar 2019 Articles 0 comments
4. LEED hypothesis applied to social housing
Currently, the concrete application of the LEED protocol mostly concerns realities belonging to the tertiary sector or to small and medium-sized private residences.
The result is the complete absence of certified social housing examples, a phenomenon attributable to the lack of a dedicated LEED section. However, it is possible to hypothesize an extension of the protocol so that it can be applied to alternative housing situations such as co-housing and social housing.
Starting from the analysis of a number of "social" case studies, it appears that some credits and prerequisites present in the current protocol would be kept in mind more than others and that they often share many projects.
The fundamental prerequisites for a correct application of the protocol within the housing units of social housing are then analyzed; some solutions are hypothesized in order to contribute to a correct design with the aim of coherently inserting the building in the context, keeping a particular focus on the social aspect.
The first prerequisite concerns the use of alternative transport to cars which could be enhanced by making bus stops located near social housing accessible to all. It could also be useful to insert bus shelters that are interactive and that help users reach their goals quickly and shared.
In fact, in a context where socialization is placed in the foreground, the idea of ​​connecting the bus network with the nearest car pooling would not only solve the problem of traffic and public transport delays, but would favor interaction between individuals respect for the environment.
Another intelligent solution could be represented by centralized underground parking:
in addition to containing a number of smaller cars, so as to pollute less and encourage the sharing of the means of the roommates, being located in the basement they do not occupy space on the floor which can thus be used for common services and green areas. Both choices would guarantee the reduction of pollution and the sharing of means of transport, in favor of economic savings and an increase in socialization.

Proposal tables taken from Chiara Del Core's Master's thesis "From Cohousing to Social Housing: forms of shared living" -
Rel. Alessandro Mazzotta, Eliana Perucca - Politecnico di Torino

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