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A human-centric participatory approach to energy-efficient housing based on occupants' collaborative image

Javad Asad Poor (Department of Architecture, Mashhad Branch-Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran)
Yong Wah Goh (School of Psychology and Counselling, University of Southern Queensland–Ipswich Campus, Ipswich, Australia)
David Thorpe (School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland–Springfield Campus, Springfield Central, Australia)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 16 June 2021

Issue publication date: 22 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to develop a photo-based methodology to identify occupants' collaborative image of the energy-efficient small-size housing.

Design/methodology/approach

Employing qualitative and quantitative approaches, 24 photos were randomly selected from different urban areas of Brisbane (Australia) city for an online survey. A total of 36 participants evaluated the photos 159 times.

Findings

Conducted content analysis resulted in the identification of 5 attribute-based factors, generated from 16 semantic categories and 74 attributes. Using a non-parametric Chi-square test, the factors were categorised in two levels, i.e. (1) envelope elements (primary and secondary) and passive climatic principles; and (2) architectural composition principles and neighbourhood quality.

Social implications

The discussion on the results via the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) suggests that regarding the external aspects, the people's image of energy-efficient housing could be influenced by their perceived control over changeable and adjustable attributes.

Originality/value

The photo-based methodology developed by this paper has the potential to quantify occupants' collaborative image of small-size housing energy efficiency, which would be essential in assisting them to adjust their dwelling units regarding the congruity of the energy efficiency attributes with their preferences.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the honourable participants who contribute their respectful and valuable insights and opinions to this study.

The authors would like to gratefully express their highest appreciation and gratitude for the kind and sincere supports received from School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland and Department of Architecture, Mashhad Branch–Islamic Azad University of Iran.

Citation

Asad Poor, J., Goh, Y.W. and Thorpe, D. (2021), "A human-centric participatory approach to energy-efficient housing based on occupants' collaborative image", Open House International, Vol. 46 No. 4, pp. 615-635. https://doi.org/10.1108/OHI-11-2020-0163

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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