A Holistic Materials Design Requirements Framework (HoMDReF) For Future Housing Materials

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There is an unmet demand for affordable and sustainable walling materials for owner-builders in poor urban areas of the least economically developed countries (LEDCs). To ensure new materials meet needs, a Holistic Materials Design Requirements Framework (HoMDReF) is proposed which can assist researchers in new materials development.

Many rapidly growing countries in Asia and Africa have low economic development, with urban dwellers often living in inadequate housing. The lack of affordable, practical and sustainable construction materials is a significant barrier to achieving sustainable development.

Although several innovative materials have been developed that are more affordable and sustainable than “conventional” modern building materials, adoption has been very limited. Social science researchers have identified strong social, economic and cultural factors influencing the housing decisions by poor urban dwellers and these must be considered in addition to the technical and environmental factors usually focused on by researchers when developing innovative construction materials.

A multidisciplinary approach was used to identify the critical issues for walling materials for owner-builders in poor urban areas. Issues are presented in the HoMDReF under technical, environmental, economic and socio-cultural categories.

This problem-first approach has confirmed that the current techno-environmental focus of researchers is insufficient. Researchers must consider early on in the design how new materials will fit in with people’s values and the urban economic context.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
EventIntegrated Design at 50: Building our Future - University of Bath, Bath, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

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ConferenceIntegrated Design at 50: Building our Future
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityBath
Period30/06/161/07/16

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environmental economics
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Asia
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Keywords

  • design methodology
  • sustainable materials
  • urban poor
  • housing

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Marsh, A., Heath, A., Reddy, V., & Evernden, M. (2016). A Holistic Materials Design Requirements Framework (HoMDReF) For Future Housing Materials. Paper presented at Integrated Design at 50: Building our Future, Bath, UK United Kingdom.

A Holistic Materials Design Requirements Framework (HoMDReF) For Future Housing Materials. / Marsh, Alastair; Heath, Andrew; Reddy, Venkatarama; Evernden, Mark.

2016. Paper presented at Integrated Design at 50: Building our Future, Bath, UK United Kingdom.

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Marsh, A, Heath, A, Reddy, V & Evernden, M 2016, 'A Holistic Materials Design Requirements Framework (HoMDReF) For Future Housing Materials' Paper presented at Integrated Design at 50: Building our Future, Bath, UK United Kingdom, 30/06/16 - 1/07/16, .
Marsh A, Heath A, Reddy V, Evernden M. A Holistic Materials Design Requirements Framework (HoMDReF) For Future Housing Materials. 2016. Paper presented at Integrated Design at 50: Building our Future, Bath, UK United Kingdom.
Marsh, Alastair ; Heath, Andrew ; Reddy, Venkatarama ; Evernden, Mark. / A Holistic Materials Design Requirements Framework (HoMDReF) For Future Housing Materials. Paper presented at Integrated Design at 50: Building our Future, Bath, UK United Kingdom.
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