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A socio-technical approach to post-occupancy evaluation: interactive adaptability in domestic retrofit

Chiu, LF; Lowe, R; Raslan, RM; Altamirano, H; Wingfield, J; (2014) A socio-technical approach to post-occupancy evaluation: interactive adaptability in domestic retrofit. Building Research & Information , 42 (5) pp. 574-590. 10.1080/09613218.2014.912539. Green open access

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Abstract

Understanding the process of domestic retrofit is important for learning and innovation. This is particularly the case for low carbon retrofits such as those undertaken under the UK's Retrofit for the Future (RftF) programme, with its aim to achieve an overall 80% carbon reduction by 2050. Current post-occupancy evaluation (POE) research has both theoretical and methodological limitations with implications for technical and behavioural research in the built environment. Drawing on relevant ideas and concepts from social practice theory and science and technology studies, principally prefiguration (constraints/enablement), black-boxing, heating and cooling practices, this paper demonstrates how the relationship between buildings and people could be reconceptualized as mutually constitutive and co-evolving through a process of ‘interactive adaptation’. The concept of ‘interactive adaptation’ is explored through a novel approach to integrating physical and social data collected from a sample of dwellings selected from the RftF programme. Analysis yields insights into the influences and pathways of interactive adaptation resulting from retrofit technology and practices. The implications of these insights for policy-makers, the research community and practitioners are discussed: end-use energy demand policy needs to be informed by a socio-technical approach.

Type: Article
Title: A socio-technical approach to post-occupancy evaluation: interactive adaptability in domestic retrofit
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2014.912539
Publisher version: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/.U4hkX...
Additional information: © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Keywords: adaptive behaviour, heating/cooling practices, inhabitants, interactive adaptation, low carbon retrofit, post-occupancy evaluation,
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1430425
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