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Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 speaks to the need for the development of sustainable cities and communities. This goal can be achieved through the provision of safe, adequate, and affordable housing to people around the globe by 2030.  It advocates for inclusion and resilience in cities.

The construction industry has seen a growing trend of sustainable housing over the years. The methods of ensuring sustainability of course vary, some of them include; using renewable energy sources like solar power, incorporating energy-efficient appliances and building materials, and utilizing green spaces and gardens. Thus, in addition to environmental benefits, sustainable housing can also lead to lower energy bills and improved indoor air quality.

A key part of sustainable housing is the use of renewable energy sources. Solar power is one of the most popular options for sustainable homes, as it is a clean energy source that can significantly reduce reliance on traditional energy sources. Modern-day solar panels can generate electricity to power the home’s appliances and lighting. Additionally, solar water heaters can be used in place of traditional electrical ones, further reducing energy consumption.

Another important feature is the use of energy-efficient appliances and building materials. Energy-efficient appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners, use less energy than traditional models, which can lead to lower energy bills. With sustainable housing being a core goal, this has seen the comeback of eco-friendly mud houses in countries such as Hungary.

Sustainable housing also incorporates green spaces and gardens, which can provide a variety of benefits. They help reduce the amount of heat absorbed by a house, which can lead to lower energy bills. They can also provide a natural habitat for wildlife and can help filter pollutants from the air. Additionally, gardens can provide fresh produce for residents, which can lead to a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

With the increasing focus on sustainability and the environment, it is likely that sustainable housing will continue to be a key consideration for homeowners and builders alike.

Ultimately, the Road to Sustainable Cities and Communities is one that requires collective action and commitment from individuals, organizations, and governments. Let us all do our part to create a brighter, more sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

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