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Bastem, S S and Cekmis, A (2022) Development of historic building information modelling: a systematic literature review. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 527–58.

Kahaduwa, A and Rajapakse, L (2022) Review of climate change impacts on reservoir hydrology and long-term basin-wide water resources management. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 515–26.

Marsh, A T M and Kulshreshtha, Y (2022) The state of earthen housing worldwide: how development affects attitudes and adoption. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 485–501.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Housing design; earth construction; development; census; Sustainable Development Goals;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2021.1953369
  • Abstract:
    Housing is a cross-cutting issue that is crucial to achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals. Earthen housing is found across the globe, particularly in developing countries, but there is a lack of up-to-date information about its distribution and trends. This knowledge gap is a barrier to developing more effective research and policy for earthen housing. In this study, national demographic datasets were used to investigate the distribution, trends and attitudes towards earthen housing worldwide. Data was collected and analysed for the most populous 26 countries, which make up >75% of the global population. Globally, earthen housing is in decline relative to non-earthen housing, driven by demographic changes and negative perceptions of earthen materials in developing countries. The proportion of households living in earthen dwellings worldwide is estimated to be 8–10%, and the average across developing countries to be 20–25%. There is a negative correlation between countries’ level of development and prevalence of earthen housing. Whilst data is more sparse for highly developed countries, the development of standards and commercial interest suggests more favourable attitudes to earthen housing. A focus is encouraged on high-quality earthen dwellings which can help meet housing needs in both developing and developed countries.

Muguda, S, Hughes, P N, Augarde, C E, Perlot, C, Walter Bruno, A and Gallipoli, D (2022) Cross-linking of biopolymers for stabilizing earthen construction materials. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 502–14.

Sharmin, T and Khalid, R (2022) Post occupancy and participatory design evaluation of a marginalized low-income settlement in Ahmedabad, India. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 574–94.

Sherratt, F, Ivory, C, Sherratt, S and Crawley, S (2022) Organizing construction work: a digital and cooperative way forwards for micro-projects. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 559–73.