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Owner-Occupiers’ Perception of Quality of Housing Constructed by Small-Scale Contractors in Informal Settlements

Opoko, A. P and Amole, Bayo and Adeyemi , E. A. (2015) Owner-Occupiers’ Perception of Quality of Housing Constructed by Small-Scale Contractors in Informal Settlements. International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, , 10 (24). pp. 44296-44306.

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Small-scale contractors have been noted to play a vital role in providing housing for the teeming urban population in informal settlements of developing countries. This paper examined the quality of housing produced by small-scale contractors based on empirical data obtained from an informal settlement located in Ayobo on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria where activities of small-scale contractors is evident. The survey research method was employed to solicit both quantitative and qualitative data from small-scale contractors and owner-occupiers in the study area. Quantitative data were analysed using content analysis technique while qualitative data were analysed using SPSS version 20. Findings reveal that respondents generally rated their housing positively. However, dwelling unit attributes and the building components of the housing were more highly rated than neighbourhood attributes. Specifically, condition of roofs and privacy were rated highest (4.25) followed by thermal comfort (4.04) and ventilation (4.0) while neighbourhood attributes of roads (1.52), street lighting (1.58) and recreational facilities (1.97) were rated lowest in that order. The paper identifies the need amongst other things to provide technical support to small-scale contractors in order to enhance their performance in housing delivery in informal settlements.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2016 10:55
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 10:55

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