Green Systems for a Grey Society: Investigating application of Circular Systems for the housing of Older Adults

Shore Shahnoori (Corresponding author), Masi Mohammadi

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User’s wellbeing, containing various aspects, is an essential component of all the design disciplines, from urban and building, to the materials. This wellbeing is also a vital pillar of sustainability; indications are available on many occasions, such as in goal number 3, and 11 of SDG (Sustainable Development Goals). For the Built Environment (BE), grouping people based on their age division is one of the illustrative user-oriented assemblages. Within these categories, groups like people of ages 65 and above (Older Adults or OAs) did not attract much attention, while their living is essential for the SD. For the BE, these particular users are at the stage of gradually or suddenly changing their lifestyle but drastically. Most of these changes that are necessary for their wellbeing are often subject of tremendous construction works, either when OAs stay in their own home (ageing in place) or switching their dwellings; either of them concerns the BE’s sustainability significantly. To ensure the sustainability of the healthy housing of OAs, in action, Circular Economy (CE) is an appropriate approach. Therefore, after researching the differences, similarities between the CE and SD are briefly compared, that backs up the proposition. However, attracting stakeholders to this housing sector with the framework of CE requires plenty of potentials.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Research in Environmental Sustainability
Publication statusUnpublished - 4 Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

The current research relates to the application of circular systems in the built
environment for social well-being (WB) (goal no. 3 and No. 11 of the SDGs) for a
particular age group. Within the construction industry, sustainability is a delicate issue;
for which, sustainable construction should be the front-of-mind any relevant company.
Regarding older adults (OAs), action plans must be carefully thought out; since
sustainability is even more crucial for building a healthy environment for Older Adults.
For this purpose, circular systems are promising. The leading case study focuses on
the population aged 65 years and above in the Netherlands.


  • Housing for Older Adults,
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Circular Systems
  • construction sector
  • growing older populations,
  • user-oriented approach

Promotion : time and place

  • 04.01.2021
  • Eindhoven, Netherlands

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