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Title: User-initiated building extensions and daylighting: The case of Government-Built housing estates at Tema Community Two (2), Ghana.
Authors: Kwofie, T. E.
Koranteng, C.
Amos-Abanyie, S.
Keywords: Tema
government-built housing
illumination levels
Issue Date: 12-Apr-2017
Publisher: ICIDA
Citation: ICIDA, 6th International Conference on infrastructure development in Africa
Abstract: Considerable extensions and alterations are made to government-built housing estates by their owners to obtain additional spaces. Execution of building extensions and alterations are generally not guided by any technical expertise so they turn to be associated with much fundamental design, technical and environmental deficiencies. This study is aimed at assessing the effects of building extensions on illumination levels in spaces in government-built housing estates. Qualitative methods involving use of questionnaires and a quantitative approach employing empirical assessment of illumination levels in the original and extended spaces in selected government-built housing estates at Tema Community Two (2). While the observed extensions provided the needed additional spaces, the increased floor space index have lead to buildings being very close to each other with illumination levels in both the original and extended spaces being poor and below the recommended levels. As a result, occupants resort to extensive use of artificial lighting. At the design stage of buildings, building professionals must adopted incremental concepts anticipating the likelihood of owners making extensions to ensure that the observed fundamental design, technical and environmental deficiencies are avoided.
Description: In the proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 12th April, 2017, KNUST, Ghana.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10858
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