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Design patterns for low-carbon buildings: a proposal

Tucker, Simon and Bleil de Souza, Clarice ORCID: 2021. Design patterns for low-carbon buildings: a proposal. Presented at: 13th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB 2021), Virtual, 15-17 September 2021. Published in: Littlewood, John R., Howlett, Robert J. and Jain, Lakshmi C. eds. Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2021. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies Springer, pp. 243-254.

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Design patterns as introduced by Christopher Alexander and colleagues are proposed in this paper as a means of guiding building designers through the often complex processes of low-carbon building design. The patterns are intended to be integrated into the Building Information Modelling (BIM) environments that are increasingly used in architectural and building engineering design practice, where patterns provide relevant information at appropriate times, carrying out environmental analyses as required, both as selected by the building designer and automatically. The paper provides examples of patterns from some of the various domains and disciplines that encompass low-carbon design of the built environment, as a means of exploring whether patterns could facilitate communication between those domains and disciplines. The focus is on low-carbon building design and building simulation, but patterns used in computer science and interface and interaction design are also discussed as these fit well with the object-oriented environment of contemporary software design and BIM systems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789811662683
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 23 June 2021
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 11:12

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