chapter  5
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Affordable: a green housing revolution for all

Lilac’s second big challenge is achieving affordability. This is perhaps the most difficult and often overlooked aspect of putting low impact living into practice. But in order that we can all share in, and benefit from, the green revolution it is essential that low impact and community living is an affordable and widely accessible option. This is an urgent task given that the current era is defined by a highly unequal and precarious financial system and speculative and inflationary housing markets. It has become all too easy for green innovations to be exclusive or gated bubbles for more prosperous pioneers. Lilac is deeply aware of that. We may not have fully succeeded but our intention is always to ensure that diversity, equality and justice are at the heart of what we do. Central to our attempts at affordability is an innovative and pioneering form of tenure called Mutual Home Ownership.