Conceptualizing sustainable retirement villages in Australia

Xin Hu, Bo Xia, Martin Skitmore, Laurie Buys

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Abstract

The Australian ageing society with baby boomers reaching retirement age has placed a lot of pressures on housing services. The retirement village is increasingly accepted as a suitable living arrangement for older people. Ecological theory of ageing emphasizes a match between environment and older peoples' competences. As one response to this, creating village environment in a sustainable way is on the agenda. However, it is not very clear what kinds of sustainable features should be incorporated within the village environment to fit residents' competences, in particular given that baby boomers who have unique requirements have become the main potential customers. In present paper, a sustainable retirement village framework is proposed by building on ecological theory of ageing and triple bottom line. A two-step inductive reasoning research method is adopted in this conceptualization process. The proposed sustainable retirement village framework contains four domains, including senior-oriented basic settings, financial affordability, age-friendly social environment and environmental sustainability. These four domains are interrelated, and a sustainable retirement village stresses a dynamic balance between different domains. This proposed framework not only gives implications for village developers on creating a suitable village environment to better accommodate residents, but also paves the way for future studies on housing older people in an age friendly manner.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015
EditorsAni Raiden, Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
Pages357-366
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780955239090
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015 - Lincoln, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20159 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015

Conference

Conference31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLincoln
Period7/09/159/09/15

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