Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12105/13976
Habitability, Resilience, and Satisfaction in Mexican Homes to COVID-19 Pandemic
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(13):6993.
Following the 2020 confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, housing has become the only safe place and this has exposed inequity in habitability. This research on the reality of confined households and the perception of their homes in the Mexican republic is based on a mixed participatory study, combining quantitative and qualitative approaches. The online questionnaire consisted of 58 questions in the quantitative approximation. The qualitative part required the provision of an image of the workspace, with testimonies and personal reflections. During the lockdown, all participants saw an increase in overall energy consumption; more than half reported not being in thermal comfort; and a third declared deficiencies in noise insulation. Regarding the perception of the telework/tele-study space, we found the following categories: bedrooms, living/dining rooms, studies and others. In addition, respondents had often adapted the workspace for both individual and shared use. In general, the households were satisfied with the size of their houses but would like landscaped spaces or better views outside. Confinement made housing the protective element against the pandemic. The consequences will have an effect globally, so new architectural design paradigms need to be rethought.
COVID-19 lockdown | Comfort | Energy consumption | Habitability | Home office | Households | Housing design | Mixed-method | Resilience | Telework
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