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Delivering long-term building performance: A user-centred approach

Delivering long-term building performance: A user-centred approach

Mulville, Mark and Stravoravdis, Spyridon (2016) Delivering long-term building performance: A user-centred approach. In: International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) Conference 2016 Conference Proceedings. LSIPublishing, Leeds Beckett University, pp. 81-92. ISBN 978-0-9955690-1-0

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In recent years the drive for the delivery of sustainable built environments has resulted in a focus on energy efficiency (regulated energy) in order to reduce CO2 emissions and mitigate against climate change.

However, as regulated-energy is decreased the proportional importance of un-regulated energy (small power etc.), which is heavily influenced by occupants, is predicted to increase. In addition there is a body of evidence linking occupant health, wellbeing and productivity to both occupant behaviour and the building environment and it has been suggested that predicted climate change has the potential to impact further on comfort, energy use and the wider building environment.

In this context the short term focus on regulated energy efficiency, although not without merit, risks ignoring the influence of occupants and may impact upon occupant wellbeing, energy performance and ultimately long term building performance. Such a scenario could result in premature building obsolescence.

This paper, building on a body of research by the authors (and others) and supported by a review of the relevant literature, suggests that while consideration near term regulated energy remains important, this alone may not deliver long term performance. The paper presents a theoretical model of long-term building performance, highlighting the need to consider the impact of occupant behaviour on energy use, the impact of the building environment on occupant wellbeing and the potential impacts of climate change. The paper suggests that a user focused approach to design considering long term performance and an active approach to building management is required.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) Conference 2016 Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Second International SEEDS Conference, 14-15 September 2016, Leeds Beckett University.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building Performance, Climate Change, Occupant Behaviour, Wellbeing
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DSC)
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Last Modified: 12 Dec 2020 22:51
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