Design Inadequacies Analysis in Low Income Housing Service Areas

Mariana M. X. Lima1, Sara C. Maia2 & José de Paula Barros Neto3

1M.Sc. Civil Engineering, Department of Structure and Construction Engineering (www.deecc.ufc.br), Federal University of Ceara; PhD Student, Department of Architecture and Construction, School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design, University of Campinas – Campinas, SP, Brazil, lima.mmxavier@gmail.com
2Architect, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil, sara_cm88@hotmail.com
3 Full Professor, Department of Structure and Construction Engineering (www.deecc.ufc.br), Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil, Phone +55 85 3366-9607, jpbarros@ufc.br

Abstract

Satisfaction surveys for housing units in Brazil have shown low levels regarding the service areas inside the units (kitchen and laundry spaces). In many cases, the poor quality of built environment is a consequence of overlooking user’s value-based requirements. This paper presents the results of a research conducted with an objective to identify and comprehend service spaces design inadequacies. We used qualitative methods of data collecting and analyzing, such as interviews, observations, physical and photographic surveys. The results presented can be used as inputs to the funding agencies’ evaluation on housing projects, as building standards for regulatory agencies, and as new standards for the development of housing products; which will contribute to improve technical, functional and spatial quality of such buildings.

Keywords

Housing, Requirements Management, Value-Adding, Architecture, Service Areas.

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Lima, M.M.X. , Maia, S.C. & Neto, J.D.P.B. 2012, 'Design Inadequacies Analysis in Low Income Housing Service Areas' In:, Tommelein, I.D. & Pasquire, C.L., 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. San Diego, USA, 18-20 Jul 2012.

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