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Internship report PEER Africa

Hul, J.F. van 't (2012) Internship report PEER Africa.

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Abstract:The improvement of the housing conditions has been a major issue since the end of Apartheid in South Africa. In this perspective quantity was more important then quality. Since 2000 PEER Africa is developing a new type of subsidized houses, where the quality of living is taken into account as well. Via a set of 10 interventions, the design of the standard RDP houses has been modified and now claimed to be an improvement. During this research a methodology is developed to find data that can state this claim next to the soft data of “feeling”. As a method, multiple embedded case studies are proposed to better compare the different houses and different designs and to find an answer to the research question: Are the iEEECO interventions leading to an improvement of the quality of living inside the build houses? The route to the answer on this question was via quantitative data, like temperature measurements, weather data, electricity usage. Also questionnaires were used, to explain changes occurring in the retrieved data, via learning the habits of the people, like when they cook and how long, or if they use any electrical equipment. Unfortunately, due to a time limit, and due to delays of delivery of the equipment no actual data is collected from the installed equipment. From the time spent in the case study houses, observations are made and conclusions are drawn, resulting in a positive answer on the research question, although not stated with facts.
Item Type:Internship Report (Master)
PEER Africa
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Sustainable Energy Technology MSc (60443)
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