This paper takes a close look at the salient aspects considered when building or refurbishing suburban housing. Although very often there is no fine-cutting line between the urban and suburban context, the architectural design, its scale, height and form of each development often indicate the suburb or its boundaries where such a project has taken place. This paper reviews standing legislation and financial incentives provided by EU member states, represented in this COST action. The countries represented include Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey.The paper highlights different approaches and strategies taken by different European govern-ments and municipalities towards improving the overall quality of the built environment, par-ticularly in the suburban building stock, namely private and public social housing.Since TU 0701 is scheduled to last for the standard four year duration for a COST action (2007-2011), this paper is being presented as the work output of WG3 at the milestone Mid-Term Conference held in May 2010 in Malta. Although the scientific programme was based on a se-quence of six specific tasks, three of these were completed on time by this date. These are re-ported in the mid-term publication, with each workgroup’s output detailed though technical papers in respective chapters.
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