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The efficacy of innovative technology in improving the performance of low cost housing in South Africa

A case study

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Llewellyn van Wyk

01 August 2017


uKESA Librarian

Conference paper

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

South Africa

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the efficacy of Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) interventions piloted on the Kleinmond Sustainable Human Settlement Project. Design/methodology/approach. Two surveys were undertaken: the first was a condition assessment of the ST&I interventions applied (quantitative analysis) and the second to obtain the views of the beneficiaries of the ST&I interventions through structured interviews (qualitative analysis). The condition assessment found that the anticipated performance enhancements were achieved.


The interviews found the services interventions were perceived as beneficial but that better communication and training for their purpose, performance and use was required. Research limitations/implications (if applicable): As there were 411 housing units a representative sample was used for inspection and interview purposes. The condition assessment only considered the outcomes from those ST&I interventions applied and not the development as a whole. The research has resulted in the development of a viable and sustainable innovative low-cost house type. The research also highlighted challenges on how beneficiaries interact with ST&I interventions. The paper will be of value to all stakeholders involved in the planning and design of human settlements.


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Built environment

Human settlements

Low cost housing

Low income housing

South Africa


Technology and innovation

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