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Barbosa, J A, Araújo, C, Mateus, R and Bragança, L (2016) Smart interior design of buildings and its relationship to land use. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(02), 97–106.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Sustainable buildings; building design; smart interior design; sustainability assessment; land use;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1745-2007
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2015.1120187
  • Abstract:
    Architectural design is often associated with aesthetics and style, but it is also very important to building performance and sustainability. There are some studies associating architectural design to the choice for materials from sustainable sources, to indoor air quality, to energy efficiency and productivity. This article takes a step further to analyse how the use of efficient interior design techniques can impact the habitable space in order to improve building sustainability in land use. Smart interior design, a current trend related to the use of efficient and flexible furniture and movable walls in tiny or compact apartments, is analysed. A building with a standard design is used as a case study reference building and compared to a proposed theoretical design alternative using smart interior design techniques. In order to correctly assess sustainability performance, a quantifiable and verified method is used. Results showed that the use of smart interior design techniques can greatly reduce buildings’ impact on the environment.