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Tools for low-energy building design: an exploratory study of the design process in action

Zapata-Lancaster, Gabriela and Tweed, Christopher 2016. Tools for low-energy building design: an exploratory study of the design process in action. Architectural Engineering and Design Management 12 (4) , pp. 279-295. 10.1080/17452007.2016.1178627

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Building designers face increased pressure to design low-energy buildings. Consequently, there is a growing interest in providing computational support for low-energy design via building performance simulation. This article presents an ethnographic study that investigated the design process of five low-energy buildings in England and Wales. The study was informed by design science literature and phenomenology of technology. The investigation analysed the methods deployed by designers to embed low-energy performance during design problem-solving. The findings illustrate how experience-based methods and simulation tools were used to inform low-energy building design. The work identified some of the challenges faced by designers to incorporate simulation methodologies during a routine design process. It illustrates the status of simulation tools as boundary objects that mediate the communication and negotiation between design team members. The work advocates considering the design problem-solving patterns and preferences in the development and improvement of support methods for low-energy design.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Additional Information: This paper is published under the terms of the CC-BY licence.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1745-2007
Funders: Building Research Establishment PhD studentship
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 July 2016
Date of Acceptance: 12 April 2016
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2021 14:46

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