Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 9(4), pp. 1012 - 1025
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2021.090405
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Designing a Sustainable House in Kuwait

Yousef Abdul Mohsen Al-Haroun *
College of Architecture, Kuwait University, Shuwaikh 70654, Kuwait City, Kuwait


This paper discusses the process of designing a sustainable house in Kuwait. The design concept uses Kuwait's traditional vernacular elements as the primary sustainable strategies with priority given to cutting energy costs, using passive solar systems, solar panels and alternative air conditioning. The method used in this study is a variant of the "research through design" approach. This paper describes a viewpoint rarely discussed and addresses the many challenges of sustainable design and its implications for the larger built environment and society in Kuwait. The paper contends that although designing a house to express culture and promote sustainability is possible there are significant barriers within the current construction climate. There is no motivation or incentive for homeowners to design their houses sustainably due to the availability of cheap subsidized energy and water supply. Moreover, sustainable materials and technology are difficult to access in Kuwait due to low demand and high cost. There is a significant gap between ideal sustainable design and the reality of construction. Therefore, the paper asserts that the government needs to play an active role in terms of building eco-regulations, planning, and policy-making to establish sustainability as a mandatory part of design and building practices.

Kuwait, Sustainability, Vernacular, House, Research through Design

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[1] Yousef Abdul Mohsen Al-Haroun , "Designing a Sustainable House in Kuwait," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 1012 - 1025, 2021. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2021.090405.

(b). APA Format:
Yousef Abdul Mohsen Al-Haroun (2021). Designing a Sustainable House in Kuwait. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 9(4), 1012 - 1025. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2021.090405.