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Feeling the Earthship house: Eliciting a perspective of posterity through immersive virtual reality

Sudhakaran, Gargy; Prabhakaran, Abhinesh; Mahamadu, Abdul Majeed; Booth, Colin A.; Wiejak Roy, Grazyna

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Gargy Sudhakaran

Abdul Mahamadu Abdul.Mahamadu@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Lecturer - CATE - AAE - UAAE0001

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Colin Booth Colin.Booth@uwe.ac.uk
Professor of Smart and Sustainable Infrastructures



Abstract

Purpose: The surging cost of living and shortage of affordable and sustainable homes fuel the global housing crisis. Earthship buildings are marketed as the epitome of affordable and sustainable alternative housing. This paper aimed to elicit the perception of Earthship buildings among youngsters in the United Kingdom using immersive virtual reality technology. Additionally, the impact of virtual reality on perception compared with two-dimensional drawings was investigated in the study. Design/methodology/approach: A three-phase, experiment-based survey was adopted: Phase 1: literature review, Earthship house model conception and the virtual environment creation; Phase 2: two-dimensional drawing-based pre-visualisation survey; Phase 3: virtual reality–based post-visualisation survey. Findings: The findings indicated that youngsters had a remarkable, positive change in attitude towards the uptake of the Earthship houses after virtual reality visualisation. In contrast, sustainability experts shared more concerns regarding the concept's viability in the United Kingdom, even after the virtual reality visualisation. However, both youngsters and experts agreed with the pre-eminence of virtual reality over two-dimensional drawings. Originality/value: The lack of awareness about Earthship buildings for posterity was noted in previous studies, which could be attributed to there being very few Earthship buildings in the United Kingdom. The importance of this awareness among youngsters cannot be over-emphasised since youngsters are affected most by the shortage of affordable and sustainable homes. This gap was addressed by enlightening the youth about Earthship houses and imparting awareness through near-real-life virtual reality visualisation.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 19, 2023
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2023
Deposit Date Aug 3, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 8, 2023
Journal Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
Electronic ISSN 2046-6099
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-05-2023-0122
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10977022

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