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Building rating system: an instrument for building accessibility measurement for better indoor navigation by blind people

Building rating system: an instrument for building accessibility measurement for better indoor navigation by blind people
Building rating system: an instrument for building accessibility measurement for better indoor navigation by blind people
Purpose - The purpose of this article is to create a Building Rating System (BRS) with its bottom-up design model that can be carried out manually and in the future automatically.
Design/methodology/approach - The BRS is built, based on the structure of Spatial Representation Framework (SRF) for indoor navigation by people with visual impairment which was validated with visually impaired people, and incorporated with building design standards and regulations from around the world. The BRS was afterwards validated by three groups of five experts in the related fields such as research & development, accessibility, and building & interior designs. Finally, the user evaluation was carried out as by three focus groups of three experts in risk assessment to verify the usability of the system. 
Findings - This article provides the design and methodology of the BRS used for classifying the accessibility in buildings into 4 levels of classification for people with visual impairment navigating around the buildings. This system is evaluated with System Us- ability Scales (SUS) which is found to be in a “Good” level on average (72.2 SUS scores). 

Research limitations/implications - Success Criteria used in the space classification is mainly created for people with visual impairment at this stage, other disabilities requirements must be taken into account for the next stage of the development.
Practical implications - The system can in the future be carried out automatically in the form of standalone software or plugins that can be integrated in buildings and interior design software to seek recommendations towards a creation of inclusive built environment.
Originality/value - This article presents a design architecture of BRS with its details, description and Success Criteria used in the space classification.
instrument, accessibility, accessibility assessment, building rating, rating system, visual impairment, indoor navigation
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Jeamwatthanachai, Watthanasak
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Wald, Michael
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Wills, Gary
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Jeamwatthanachai, Watthanasak
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Wald, Michael
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Wills, Gary
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Jeamwatthanachai, Watthanasak, Wald, Michael and Wills, Gary (2019) Building rating system: an instrument for building accessibility measurement for better indoor navigation by blind people. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 13 (3). (doi:10.1108/JET-12-2018-0060).

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this article is to create a Building Rating System (BRS) with its bottom-up design model that can be carried out manually and in the future automatically.
Design/methodology/approach - The BRS is built, based on the structure of Spatial Representation Framework (SRF) for indoor navigation by people with visual impairment which was validated with visually impaired people, and incorporated with building design standards and regulations from around the world. The BRS was afterwards validated by three groups of five experts in the related fields such as research & development, accessibility, and building & interior designs. Finally, the user evaluation was carried out as by three focus groups of three experts in risk assessment to verify the usability of the system. 
Findings - This article provides the design and methodology of the BRS used for classifying the accessibility in buildings into 4 levels of classification for people with visual impairment navigating around the buildings. This system is evaluated with System Us- ability Scales (SUS) which is found to be in a “Good” level on average (72.2 SUS scores). 

Research limitations/implications - Success Criteria used in the space classification is mainly created for people with visual impairment at this stage, other disabilities requirements must be taken into account for the next stage of the development.
Practical implications - The system can in the future be carried out automatically in the form of standalone software or plugins that can be integrated in buildings and interior design software to seek recommendations towards a creation of inclusive built environment.
Originality/value - This article presents a design architecture of BRS with its details, description and Success Criteria used in the space classification.

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Submitted date: 27 December 2018
Accepted/In Press date: 20 June 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 July 2019
Published date: 16 September 2019
Keywords: instrument, accessibility, accessibility assessment, building rating, rating system, visual impairment, indoor navigation

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Local EPrints ID: 427177
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427177
ISSN: 2398-6263
PURE UUID: 510a16cf-3787-4ee4-acd2-06de9404fb2f
ORCID for Watthanasak Jeamwatthanachai: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4622-0493
ORCID for Gary Wills: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5771-4088

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Date deposited: 04 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 29 Oct 2019 02:04

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Author: Watthanasak Jeamwatthanachai ORCID iD
Author: Michael Wald
Author: Gary Wills ORCID iD

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