Measuring people's perception towards Earth-sheltered buildings using photo-questionnaire survey

Heba Hassan, Daisuke Sumiyoshi, Ahmed El-Kotory, Takafumi Arima, Aly Ahmed

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The earth-sheltered buildings started to be known as an alternative passive energy design technique. This research is trying to measure people's acceptance, to live in or deal with these buildings, whom had no previous experience, using the photo-questionnaire survey and interviews with a purposive expert sample (n = 164) at Egypt and Japan. Using the chi-square test, to generalize the results, the inferential statistics showed that 48.8% from the whole sample had a little knowledge, which means that it started to be recognizable among experts. In addition, 55.5% from the sample chose the application at a touristic city with mild climate. Moreover, 43.3% chose the residential usage, and 40.0% chose the touristic one. Which infers that the only bias of applying those buildings was psychological, according to its name related with "Earth". However, when people had experienced the questionnaire through videos and pictures, they showed good reaction about those buildings. The significant results recommended for architects and urban planners to use this kind of buildings first at a touristic city with mild climate as a beginning, to give the public a chance to try it for short time as a resort or hotel. Afterwards, they can apply it at the residential sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-90
Number of pages15
JournalSustainable Cities and Society
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Transportation


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