The Sustainability Matrix is a research tool to gather literature on the sustainability of housing and communities in urban areas. The matrix has two axes; one covers Sustainability Issues, while the other covers Aspects of Housing and Communities.
Each cell in the matrix represents the relationship between a Sustainability Issue and Aspect of Housing and Communities. Relationships contain all the relevant literature.
Sustainability is a broad philosophical concept with no conclusive definition; therefore, sustainability has been subdivided into 44 Sustainability Issues. The model of sustainability uses is shown in the picture below.
Sustainability model used by the matrix
Aspect form the vertical axis of the matrix, divided into the broad areas. Resident Population covers the social-economic and demographic characteristics of the population, Dwelling Characteristics covers the properties of houses, and Built Environment covers the properties of the wider urban area.
Relationships are the interactions between each Sustainability Issue and Aspect of Housing and Communities. A relationship contains the amassed literature on that particular topic. Any one paper may appear in more than one relationship. Each cell in the matrix contains a number showing the number of papers available, and a colour representing the most common category of that relationship.
Relationships are categorised based on the level of knowledge provided by the paper. Each category has a corresponding colour.
|Unrelated (Black)||Aspects and Issues are proven to not be related|
|Self-Defined (Grey)||The Aspect and Issue are the same|
|Quantitative Relationship (Green)||Causal Relationship is well understood in the literature and can be quantified|
|Statistical Relationship (Blue)||Relationship is understood and correlation can be shown in the literature|
|Qualitative Relationship (Pink)||Relationship is understood qualitatively but not quantitatively|
|Conflicting Evidence (Orange)||Literature provides conflicting evidence for the nature of the relationship|
|Known – Unknowns (Red)||Literature provides no conclusive information on whether the issues are related|
|No Data (White)||No available literature|
To produce the matrix a reference database is stored. This database contains the basic details of the reference, title, journal etc. and any relationship information associated with that reference. The references collected and stored using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which allows easy retrieval of the full text.
On the right side of many pages are grey help boxes, these contain useful information on how to use this page.
The purpose of the matrix is to aid research into the sustainability of housing. The matrix provides a unique way to view the published literature and identify patterns and trends. The matrix is free to use for research purposes.
To contribute new references or relationships to the matrix you must register for free. Registration is currently restricted to members of UK Universities using their .ac.uk email address.
Contributing to the matrix is quick and easy.
You can add references to the matrix (after logging in) by:
You can add a relationship to any existing reference