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The Citizens’ Views on Adaptation to Bioclimatic Housing Design: Case Study from Greece

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Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, 68200 Orestiada, Greece
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School of Forestry and Natural Environment, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 4984; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124984
Received: 2 May 2020 / Revised: 9 June 2020 / Accepted: 12 June 2020 / Published: 18 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Transition and Climate Change in Decision-making Processes)
Bioclimatic housing design is regarded as an important pillar towards energy policies. Additionally, it is closely affiliated with the performance of energy efficiency of buildings. The citizens’ views and their adaptation to energy saving practices can be utilized as an important data base in order to design, improve and properly manage urbanization and environmental challenges in the residential sector. For the capitalization of the citizens’ views in Orestiada, the newest city in Greece, simple random sampling was applied on data that were collected via personal interviews and with the use of a structured questionnaire. Reliability and factor analyses were applied for the data processing along with hierarchical log-linear analysis. The latter was utilized for the statistical clustering of citizens into given distinct groups—clusters, arising by factor analysis. The main findings revealed that the citizens are merely aware of bioclimatic principles, while only a small percentage of 28.8% adopts some primary bioclimatic disciplines. Conclusively, it should be noted that there is a need for effective planning towards empowerment on energy efficiency in the residential sector of the city. Notwithstanding, it should not be disregarded the need for the incorporation of conceptual frameworks in urban planning. This is an approach that prerequisites public awareness and the stakeholders’ participation in decision making processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: bioclimatic buildings; sustainable buildings; bioclimatic housing design; energy efficiency; citizens’ views; raising-awareness; adaptation; decision making bioclimatic buildings; sustainable buildings; bioclimatic housing design; energy efficiency; citizens’ views; raising-awareness; adaptation; decision making
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Andrea, V.; Tampakis, S.; Karanikola, P.; Georgopoulou, M. The Citizens’ Views on Adaptation to Bioclimatic Housing Design: Case Study from Greece. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4984. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124984

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Andrea V, Tampakis S, Karanikola P, Georgopoulou M. The Citizens’ Views on Adaptation to Bioclimatic Housing Design: Case Study from Greece. Sustainability. 2020; 12(12):4984. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124984

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Andrea, Veronika, Stilianos Tampakis, Paraskevi Karanikola, and Maria Georgopoulou. 2020. "The Citizens’ Views on Adaptation to Bioclimatic Housing Design: Case Study from Greece" Sustainability 12, no. 12: 4984. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124984

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