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Developing an integrated indoor built environment–quality of life model for the elderly in public and subsidized housing

Mei-yung Leung (Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Ibukun Oluwadara Famakin (Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Chendi Wang (Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 10 July 2019

Issue publication date: 2 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The growth rate of the aging population raises the demand for and challenges of public and subsidized (P&S) housing for the elderly. The decline in elderly ability increases their dependence on the quality of facilities provided by their residential apartment. Hence, the purpose of this paper is to develop an integrated indoor built environment–quality of life model for the elderly in P&S housing estates.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire survey, including scales for 4 quality of life (QoL) domains (physical health, psychological health, social relationships and overall QoL), and 13 indoor built environment (BE) components were identified. In total, 365 survey data were collected from the elderly in 18 political districts of Hong Kong, while reliability analysis, multiple regression analysis and structural equation modeling were adopted in the data analysis.

Findings

Based on the congruence of results of these statistical analyses, it was revealed that: furniture and fixtures predict all the four QoL domains of the elderly; lighting and color induce social relationships; and overall QoL is predicted by distance and handrails.

Originality/value

Several recommendations were made in accordance with the research results, such as review minimum spacing requirements to provide walking distance for elderly physical activity, investigate the micro-climate for appropriate building orientation, consider the changing body size of the elderly for supply of furniture, use warm colors with high levels of illumination, and so on.

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Acknowledgements

The work described in this paper was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No. CityU 114512).

Citation

Leung, M.-y., Famakin, I.O. and Wang, C. (2019), "Developing an integrated indoor built environment–quality of life model for the elderly in public and subsidized housing", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 26 No. 7, pp. 1498-1517. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-02-2018-0054

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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