Affordable housing as a niche product: The case of the Danish “SocialHousing Plus”

Jesper Ole Jensen, Anne Gro Stensgaard

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Establishing affordable housing is a growing demand in many larger cities there is however a number of challenges related to establishing affordable housing, as well as many different approaches. This paper presents a case-study of an affordable housing concept in the Danish social housing sector, the “SocialHousing Plus” (“AlmenBolig+”) which is based on lowering production costs as well as operation costs including residential self-management, large-scale production of pre-fab housing units, low-energy solutions and other innovative approaches. The concept was developed in 2007, and has so far resulted in the production of more than 1.500 dwellings. The paper will discuss the results of the concept, and the various challenges related to it. Based on the theory of Technological Transition (Geels, 2002) it will discuss the options and limitations of providing affordable housing through developing innovative niche products, and their options for wider dissemination in the existing housing regime.
Original languageDanish
Publication date5 Sep 2017
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2017
EventENHR Conference 2017 Tirana: Affordable Housing for All - Tirana, Albania
Duration: 4 Sep 20176 Sep 2017


ConferenceENHR Conference 2017 Tirana

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