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Buildings 2018, 8(10), 130; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8100130

Methodology to Identify and Prioritise the Social Aspects to Be Considered in the Design of More Sustainable Residential Buildings—Application to a Developing Country

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CTAC Research Centre, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
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Department of Civil Engineering and CTAC Research Centre, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
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Received: 26 July 2018 / Revised: 14 September 2018 / Accepted: 18 September 2018 / Published: 21 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Building Sustainability Assessment)
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Abstract

The priorities in the design of more sustainable buildings are quite dependent on the specific social context. In developing countries, the sustainability concept and priorities in the residential buildings sector are quite different from the ones of the developed countries, since there are still basic needs to answer. Therefore, this research is aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the concept of social sustainability in the residential building sector of the developing countries. A methodology to define and prioritise the social sustainability indicators is proposed and applied in the context of Palestine. The presented methodology is based on the sustainability indicators of international standards, on the most well know building sustainability assessment methods and in the analysis of their application to a specific context. It includes a methodology to prioritise the list of social indicators, by considering the expectations of two groups of building stakeholders: designers and building users. At the end, this research proposes a framework of social aspects to consider in the design of more sustainable residential buildings in West Bank, Palestine that is composed of twenty-one indicators, distributed among six sustainability categories and ranked according to their weight in the overall of sustainability level. View Full-Text
Keywords: social sustainability; sustainability indicators; social priorities; residential buildings; Building Sustainability Assessment Tool for West Bank (WB-BSATool) social sustainability; sustainability indicators; social priorities; residential buildings; Building Sustainability Assessment Tool for West Bank (WB-BSATool)
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Ardda, N.; Mateus, R.; Bragança, L. Methodology to Identify and Prioritise the Social Aspects to Be Considered in the Design of More Sustainable Residential Buildings—Application to a Developing Country. Buildings 2018, 8, 130.

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