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IJSTR >> Volume 9 - Issue 6, June 2020 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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Dynamics of Sustainable Building Façades and Aesthetic Perception of Fenestrations in University Administrative Building

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AUTHOR(S)

Obaleye J. Oludare, Ezema .I .C and A. B. Adeboye

 

KEYWORDS

Aesthetics, Administrative Building, Building Facades, Fenestration, Sustainability, University, Windows

 

ABSTRACT

Building facades are very important contributors to the comfort parameters and attractiveness of any building. Fenestrations as key elements of the building façade are essential in achieving the dual role of comfort and attractiveness. This study seeks to discuss sustainable façade design methods and identify aesthetic perception of façade fenestrations by users of university administrative buildings in southwest Nigeria with the view of improving occupants comfort and building attractiveness. In achieving this, the literature discussed the design strategies, characteristics and properties of sustainable facades, while the quantitative study focused on aesthetic perception of fenestrations was carried out using a self-administered questionnaire survey. Ten still photographs of selected university administrative building facades in southwest Nigeria were attached to elicit response from 577 respondents, in a stratified random sampling. Results were analysed using frequencies, mean ranking and factor analysis. For an efficient sustainable façade, the qualitative study established climate-specific design strategy. The quantitative study identified fenestration with a high mean score as the fifth important aesthetic element out of 14 others. Fenestration perception revealed that façade with uniformly symmetrical distribution; vertical orientation and approximately about 40% window-to-wall ratio (WWR) coverage was most preferred by respondents in the study area. The findings contributed to the environmental sustainability of the building facade by ensuring occupants comfort and creating an attractive built environment.

 

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