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Physical comfort in our homes: An architectural perspective

Al-Tarazi, Dalia; Sara, Rachel; Redford, Paul; Rice, Louis


Dalia Al-Tarazi

Rachel Sara

Paul Redford
Associate Director of Academic Practice

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Louis Rice
Associate Professor in Architecture


The current paper investigates the relationship between the physical comfort in homes (warmth, light, and ventilation) and inhabitants' psychological well-being. In particular, the paper looks at users' perception of home, and the role of satisfaction with levels of physical comfort on overall satisfaction with the residence. The research uses a mixed methods approach with a quantitative survey questionnaire (n=101) followed by qualitative interviews (n=13). The findings of the research demonstrate a direct correlation between satisfaction with the physical conditions of the residence and general satisfaction with life. Furthermore, the findings show that the perceived association with home is increased when physical comfort is achieved.


Al-Tarazi, D., Sara, R., Redford, P., & Rice, L. (in press). Physical comfort in our homes: An architectural perspective.

Conference Name International SEEDS Conference
Conference Location Bristol, United Kingdom
Start Date Aug 31, 2022
End Date Sep 2, 2022
Acceptance Date Aug 31, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2023
Keywords Home; Well-being; Physical Comfort; Human Needs
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