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The social component of building performance simulation: understanding architects

Alsaadani, Sara and Bleil De Souza, Clarice ORCID: 2012. The social component of building performance simulation: understanding architects. Presented at: Building Simulation and Optimization 2012, Loughborough, UK, 10-11 September 2012. Proceeding of Building Simulation and Optimization, 2012. Loughborough: Loughborough University, pp. 332-339.

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Building performance simulations (BPS) have a significant potential in informing architects’ design decisions. However, architects seldom consider BPS as an integral element of their design processes. This paper reports on a combined qualitative-quantitative methodology aimed at exploring socio-cultural; non-technical barriers discouraging BPS integration; from UK architects’ perspectives. A storyline of phenomena consisting of three levels; architects’ professional identities, attitudes towards BPS and collaboration with BPS specialists, is deduced using a grounded theory-inspired coding procedure. These are validated by way of descriptive statistics and frequencies from a quantitative follow-up. The paper concludes that long-term solutions, addressing differences in professional paradigms, are required rather than rapid response software-level and/or interface improvements.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Additional Information: Copyright © IBPSA-England, 2012
Publisher: Loughborough University
ISBN: 9781897911426
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Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:33

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