Analysis of Sustainable Collective Housing in Jijel, Algeria: Evaluation of Resident Satisfaction

Mia Mehibel, Adrian Pitts

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Worldwide, 40-percent of all energy used is consumed in the buildings sector. In this context, most developed countries have orientated their research and design to encourage energy efficient or green buildings; however comparable sustainable architecture is still in its early stages of exploitation in many developing countries. There are many pressures that can reduce emphasis on sustainable design in developing countries; for instance over one billion people worldwide still lack adequate shelter and suffer poverty, and Algeria is one example facing a pressing housing shortage. The socialist government that came to power after Algerian independence in 1962, considered this problem to be the major issue and this resulted in the initiation of major building programmes for social multi storey housing estates. This research described in this paper reports on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of collective contemporary houses built in the city of Jijel. Detailed questionnaires were used with 30 residents in Jijel. The results showed that residents were more concerned with space issues while thermal comfort was neglected. Another interesting finding was that most of the interviewed residents would prefer to participate in the design of their houses; a process that would enable them to improve space and thermal comfort.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2017 Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationDesign to Thrive
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Susan Roaf, Fergus Nicol
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895754
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017
Event33rd Passive Low Energy Architecture International Conference: Design to Thrive - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20175 Jul 2017
Conference number: 33 (Link to Conference Website)


Conference33rd Passive Low Energy Architecture International Conference
Abbreviated titlePLEA 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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