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Title: House and home : a social reinterpretation of sustainable housing, looking beyond technically efficient buildings
Author: Marsh, Phillipa
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis examines the role and value architectural design and experiences in occupancy can play in creating sustainable housing; as a liveable house and a homely place. Sustainable housing is a relatively new field, but is starting to move into mainstream housing. However, current sustainable literatures specifically in architectural design predominantly focus on adopting a technological perspective to creating sustainable housing. Alongside this, whilst post-occupancy evaluations are becoming increasingly widespread in this field, little is known about how people feel living in sustainable houses. This work questions these issues and addresses the gap in current knowledge. Central to this work are the processes and practices of designing these houses, the practical and emotional factors of liveability and homeliness and the impact of including new technologies on living in sustainable housing. The perceptions of architectural design in sustainable housing are explored from the perspective of housing professions involved in creating these houses. Occupants' experiences are also examined to determine a more involved perspective of living in these houses as homes. The research is framed around a qualitative inductive investigation, which used specific case studies to explore a range of experiences in sustainable housing; in both commercial housing development and one-off projects. Data was collected from interviews and observations with Architects, developers, housing industry representatives and occupants of existing sustainable houses. As a result, this research argues that the housing industry needs to look beyond quantifiable factors of achieving efficient, technical solutions and consider the wider social and creative possibilities available within sustainable housing. Discussions will show that understanding the experiences in design and occupancy is critical in advancing current sustainable practices and enabling this field to evolve into mainstream housing, as homes people want to live in.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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