Assessing the habitability of single-family houses in Iraq a case study in Sulaimaniya city

Keywords: Habitability, Habitable area ratio, Iraqi housing, Residential Standardization, Single-family house.


A residence strongly influences the lifestyle of its occupants and may be a determining factor for the family's quality of life. To maintain the comfort and well-being of its occupants, each dwelling should be adequate for the household. The dwelling should therefore provide a habitable and comfortable environment. Housing space standards in many countries set the conditions for achieving these objectives and generally regulate the overall sizes of individual rooms in addition to the layouts of dwellings.

This paper seeks to explore the relationship between habitable area ratios and other component area ratios, such as the structure area, the service area, the circulation area and the open space area, in the context of Iraqi single-family houses. Therefore, this study aims to answer two key questions: Is the habitable area ratio among other ratios compatible with Iraqi housing standards? And does it affect the performance of the units? To this end, the paper adopted a methodology for calculating each area ratio in several newly established complexes in Sulaimaniya City and their relationship to the size of different plot areas for assessing the habitability and efficiency of different house plot areas.


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Author Biographies

Nahedh Taha Al-Qemaqchi, Cihan University-Sulaimaniya, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

PhD. in Theory of Design & Design Methodology. Assistant Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering, Cihan University-Sulaimaniya, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

Tara Azad Rauof, Cihan University-Sulaimaniya, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

M.Sc. in Hybrid Building. Lecturer, Department of Architectural Engineering, Cihan University-Sulaimaniya, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.


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How to Cite
Al-Qemaqchi, N. T., & Rauof, T. A. (2021). Assessing the habitability of single-family houses in Iraq a case study in Sulaimaniya city. Amazonia Investiga, 10(43), 175-188.