WIT Press


Use And Spatial Efficiency Of Housing Facilities And Their Influence On Overall User Comfort In Blocks Of Flats In The Czech Republic

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SD150672

Volume

168

Pages

9

Page Range

763 - 771

Published

2015

Size

391 kb

Author(s)

D. Kutá, J. Česelský

Abstract

An essential requirement in the Czech Republic these days is to increase the sustainability of new and existing buildings and to increase the benefits of their future use. This especially applies to houses and flats, where the demand for user comfort and spatial efficiency is rising. When evaluating the complex quality of buildings from a wide array of sustainability criteria, a traditional assessment focuses on the economic issues, however, according to contemporary trends, this is no longer enough. Therefore, we need to assess a building also from the social and cultural view, possibly during the whole life cycle of the building. From the social and cultural view, user comfort plays a key role. User comfort and efficiency have so far been dealt with only with a focus on the flat alone, whereas, the other areas of blocks of flats were neglected. Therefore, this article focuses on the facilities in blocks of flats and their influence on the overall user comfort in blocks of flats.

Keywords

block of flats, housing, flat, facilities, user comfort, usability, efficiency, housing fund, demands for housing, Czech Republic