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Creating a link between healthy homes and architectural elements: a qualitative study of modern residential buildings

Latif, H. M., Essah, E. A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1349-5167 and Donyavi, S. (2022) Creating a link between healthy homes and architectural elements: a qualitative study of modern residential buildings. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. ISSN 2398-4708

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/IJBPA-09-2021-0115

Abstract/Summary

Purpose – The aim of the research presented in this paper is to provide information on the common problems of healthy homes in the context of architectural design deficiencies. Especially because determining the status of a healthy house is particularly challenging if the design is poor. Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative methods, i.e. interviews, site visits and graphic elicitation diagramming were used in two different stages of data collection. They were then analysed using thematic analysis. Findings – The findings show that the architectural elements can have positive or negative effects on the health and safe environments. The quantity of doors and the use of transparent glass have largely contributed to the thermal transmission and increased indoor temperatures. The roof aluminium sheets and absence of vents inhibited indoor heat loss. This has led to discomfort and overuse of air-conditioning units, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic where most households stayed/worked from home. The inappropriate height of the ceiling and roof made it challenging for maintenance purpose, reducing safety levels, which could result in physical injuries. Originality/value – The concept of healthy homes is not new. Studies have been conducted in Western countries and in the field of healthcare. However, there is lack of study in built environment particularly in developing countries and inadequate inter-disciplinary and empirical research to connect the healthcare field. The pervasive and recurring design deficiencies in the construction industry remain a source of unhealthy homes, which must be addressed. Future investigations are necessary to expand the conclusions that can be drawn from this paper for health equity within the society and nation

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Energy and Environmental Engineering group
ID Code:103829
Publisher:Emerald

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