TY - CHAP A1 - Tom Kauko ED1 - Chaouki Ghenai Y1 - 2012-03-07 PY - 2012 T1 - Sustainable Development of the Built Environment: The Role of the Residential/Housing Sector N2 - Securing the future of the human race will require an improved understanding of the environment as well as of technological solutions, mindsets and behaviors in line with modes of development that the ecosphere of our planet can support. Some experts see the only solution in a global deflation of the currently unsustainable exploitation of resources. However, sustainable development offers an approach that would be practical to fuse with the managerial strategies and assessment tools for policy and decision makers at the regional planning level. Environmentalists, architects, engineers, policy makers and economists will have to work together in order to ensure that planning and development can meet our society's present needs without compromising the security of future generations. Better planning methods for urban and rural expansion could prevent environmental destruction and imminent crises. Energy, transport, water, environment and food production systems should aim for self-sufficiency and not the rapid depletion of natural resources. Planning for sustainable development must overcome many complex technical and social issues. BT - Sustainable Development SP - Ch. 9 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/27873 DO - 10.5772/27873 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-09-22 ER -