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Dwelling Affordability from Theory to Practice: The Use of Earth as Indigenous Building Material for Sustainable Development Amidst Post Covid-19 Situation in Nigeria (Published)

Driven by urbanization and demographic growth in Nigeria, the estimated cost for low cost dwelling unit is very expensive, because of high cost of conventional building material.  Indigenous building materials abound in our various locations and communities in our nation, in the olden days dwelling place were never an issue as man could make or create a dwelling place for himself and his family with available indigenous resources. He uses local materials such as earth, timber, bamboo, stone, thatch, bush rope, etc with one or two assistant and able to put together a dwelling to accommodate his activities. The paper examined earth as indigenous building materials and assessing local building cultures with earth for resilience and sustainable development for dwelling affordability in Nigeria. Also, it generates a practical guide for community-based assessment of earth material fortification without compromising the durability. The sustainability solution of earth as building material were discussed which include local employment opportunity for socio economic development among others. The paper then concludes on some sustainability strategies known with the earth over the year as productive and effective building material.#

Citation: Akinkunmi, Joel Olukunle (2022) Dwelling Affordability from Theory to Practice: The Use of Earth as Indigenous Building Material for Sustainable Development Amidst Post Covid-19 Situation in Nigeria, International Journal of Civil Engineering, Construction and Estate Management, Vol.10, No.1, pp.13-20

 

Keywords: Affordability, Earth, Indigenous, Sustainable, dwelling

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN NIGERIAN TOWNS: A CASE OF IDAH, NIGERIA (Published)

This paper attempts to evaluate housing affordability in Idah, an old Local Government Headquarters in Kogi State. It utilized a structured questionnaire for this purpose. The result of the analysis of this questionnaire reveals among other things that, greater percentage of the people in the study areas spend above 30% of their monthly income on housing. This is at variance with the 30% affordability benchmark set by scholars such as Andrew( 1998 ), Cox and Pavletich 2010) as well as Adedeji(2006). The paper therefore concludes that the greater percentage of the people in the study area cannot afford adequate housing while others pay not just over 30% but over 50% of their monthly income on housing which is cost-burden. This has adverse effect on their standard of living as what is left is insufficient to cater for other needs such as food, clothing, and medical bills and so on. The paper finally made the necessary recommendations

Keywords: Affordability, Cost-Burden, Housing, Housing Adequacy, Urban Areas

Housing Affordability in Nigerian Towns: A Case of Idah, Nigeria (Review Completed - Accepted)

This paper attempts to evaluate housing affordability in Idah, an old Local Government Headquarters in Kogi State.  It utilized a structured questionnaire for this purpose. The result of the analysis of this questionnaire reveals among other things that, greater percentage of the people in the study areas spend above 30% of their monthly income on housing.  This is at variance with the 30% affordability benchmark set by scholars such as Andrew(  1998 ), Cox and Pavletich 2010) as well as Adedeji(2006).     The paper therefore concludes that the greater percentage of the people in the study area cannot afford adequate housing while others pay not just over 30% but over 50% of their monthly income on housing which is cost-burden.  This has adverse effect on their standard of living as what is left is insufficient to cater for other needs such as food, clothing, and medical bills and so on. The paper finally made the necessary recommendations.

Keywords: Affordability, Cost-Burden, Housing, Housing Adequacy, Urban Areas