The potential use of adaptable buildings for sustainable housing

Njuguna, Teresiah Nyambura (2016) The potential use of adaptable buildings for sustainable housing. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research aims to explore the potential use, of adaptable buildings for sustainable housing. As this is a wide topic, the research narrows on how to adapt properties which can accommodate the aging population needs. There is a need to provide more retirement homes in the UK as the population of the elderly is increasing.
    Ailments prevent most of the elderly people in the UK (United Kingdom) from living independently hence forcing them from their homes into assisted living or full-time nursing facilities, which as a result adds to the pressure of retirement homes.
    The majority of this elderly people own the properties they live in while the rest live in rented and social housing provided by the Local Councils and property developers. The research found out that most of the elderly have lived in these properties for a very long time and are used to the local environment and the neighbourhood, hence most of them are unwilling to relocate since they feel safe and secure in their homes.
    Some researchers now believe that relatively small changes in people’s living spaces and daily strategies can keep them out of nursing facilities for months or even years, saving families and, potentially, the nation millions of pounds.
    After conducting the interviews, it was established that it is more often the little things, like the ability to use kitchen utensils, hard-to-reach switches, cupboards awkward bathroom fixtures (bathtub and shower levels), narrow hallways and doorways, that limit the elderly ability to remain independent. Some of these barriers can be eliminated without major home repairs or having a big capital investment.
    This research looked to explore the potential of adapting the space in a home to accommodate an aging resident resulting in enough space for a wheelchair or walker. This things includes wide aisles and doorways, large toe kicks and adjusted countertop heights.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 12:13
    Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 12:13

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