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Architects need environmental feedback

Andreu, IC; Oreszczyn, T; (2004) Architects need environmental feedback. BUILD RES INF , 32 (4) 313 - 328. 10.1080/09613210410001679857. Green open access


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The role of environmental feedback within architects' offices is examined as a fundamental ingredient of sustainability. Three case study buildings are examined using a feedback exercise encompassing the whole building process from early key design decisions to occupation. Results show that sometimes design decisions are taken for aesthetic reasons without certainty on their environmental impact. Improvements are possible especially in energy consumption, glare, the usability of controls, the communication of strategies and comfort conditions. The architects report the feedback lessons relevant for their work. A systematic approach to project feedback is proposed with emphasis in feeding forward to new projects and recording decision-making. To close the information loop, briefs need explicitly to mention performance targets for energy use, management expectations, control requirements and to promote feedback itself.

Type: Article
Title: Architects need environmental feedback
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09613210410001679857
Keywords: building performance, comfort, energy consumption, environmental performance, feedback, feed-forward, post-occupancy evaluation, sustainability, usability, ASSESSING BUILDING PERFORMANCE
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/2295
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