Living-transforming disaster relief shelter : a conceptual approach for sustainable post-disaster housing

Ghomi, SG, Wedawatta, G, Ginige, K and Ingirige, MJB ORCID: 2021, 'Living-transforming disaster relief shelter : a conceptual approach for sustainable post-disaster housing' , Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 11 (4) , pp. 687-704.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the performance of post-disaster housing reconstruction projects, propose the conceptual Living-transforming disaster relief shelter (LTFDR-shelter) approach where temporary shelter is incrementally transformed into a more permanent dwelling by using living technologies, and investigate its applicability to provide sustainable post-disaster housing following natural-hazard-induced disasters.
Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire survey with 120 household recipients of three Sri Lankan post-disaster housing projects was employed to explore how the post-disaster housing projects have performed against the occupants' expectations. Furthermore, the new proposed LTFDR-shelter conceptual approach's applicability to address the existing issues found in the study was investigated.
Findings – The paper evaluates and identifies the physical and technical, and socioeconomic performance issues of post-disaster housing and discusses the applicability of the proposed LTFDR-shelter conceptual approach as an efficient tool to adequately improve the identified factors integrating three phases of relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction employing living technology.
Research limitations/implications – Although the study's scope was limited to the occupant view of the performance of post-disaster housing in Sri Lanka, the findings and conceptual LTFDR-shelter approach could be of particular relevance to other developing countries affected by similar disasters. Further research is recommended to investigate and develop this concept in depth.
Originality/value – This study lays the conceptual foundation for a new theoretical approach in post-disaster housing, which encourages more interdisciplinary collaborations and empirical investigations that potentially enhance post-disaster housing performance and facilitates the application of living technology in the built environment.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Built Environment Project and Asset Management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2044-124X
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Funders: Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Depositing User: Prof. Bingunath Ingirige
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 10:03
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:39

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