The Optimization of Ergonomic / Human Factor Principles in Housing Design: A Literature Survey

Kingsley Okechukwu Dimuna, Monoyeren Emmanuel Orits Omatosne


The nexus between ergonomic (human factor) and housing design and occupants’ satisfaction is essential for housing quality. The need for housing that is comfortable, functional, safe and decent cannot be over emphasized. These can be realized with the application of ergonomic / human factor principles in housing design. This paper examined the critical issues that promote the application of ergonomic/ human factor principles in housing design. They include the following: Comfort and Efficiency in housing design, Users’ participation in building designs; the role of ergonomic / human factors in architectural design and the relationship between ergonomic / human factors in sustainable housing designs. The paper made use of library research method, which involved critical review of related literature relevant to the study. The articles were analyzed descriptively. Suggestions that would help in the realization of human factors in housing designs and construction were made. The paper concludes that occupants’ satisfaction could be increased and enhanced when architects and other professionals in the built environment give adequate consideration to ergonomic / human factor principles in their building designs.

Keywords: Ergonomics, Human factors, housing design, Occupants’ Satisfaction and housing quality.

DOI: 10.7176/JEES/9-4-09

Publication date: April 30th 2019

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