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Resource: Economic and social issues towards sustainable housings: the Set-she model

Name of organisation: V FP Project "SHE" reviewed by CNC (I)

Type of ressource: analysis/ technical report

Addressed barriers:

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  • building user (social housing organization)
  • building owner
  • design team
  • project manager
  • contractor
  • public decision maker


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Process stage:

  • organisational strategy development
  • pre- design phase (appraisal and strategic briefing)
  • design phase (project briefing)
  • use phase (occupancy briefing)
  • asset management
  • user involvement process


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The report presents in the first part the SET (Sustainable Economic Tool) SHE model “…aims at giving information to the market actors about the real costs of equipments and services by an analysis of the whole life of equipments on the one hand and by an analysis of externalities of the project on the other.[…] The SET SHE model includes: the breakdown of costs and benefits between the stakeholders; the externalities assessment and the direct life cycle costing assessment including investments and postponed costs […] “ (Philippe Outrequin- La Calade).
the SET-SHE model has various interests according to the actors:
- For social cooperatives (or social owners in France), the SET-SHE model enables to analyse how to reduce the cost of housing for future residents or tenants through a reduction of charges.
- For property developers including social owners/cooperatives, the life cycle costs calculated by the SET-SHE model could constitute an argument for sale.
- For a local authority, the SET-SHE model enables to justify the investment overcost for a sustainable building as well as the relevance of grants to cover this overcost.
The report presents also the results of the evaluation of the Eight demonstration projects in four European countries (Denmark, France, Italy and Portugal) built in the EC SHE project.
In the second part, the report presents the social aspects towards sustainability in the SHE project.



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