Application of Soft Landings in the Design Management process of a non-residential building

Gana, V, Renganathan, G., Watkins, Richard (2017) Application of Soft Landings in the Design Management process of a non-residential building. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, . ISSN 1745-2007. E-ISSN 1752-7589. (doi:10.1080/17452007.2017.1324400)


A study into the design processes involved in Soft Landings is an important aspect to realising energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in buildings. Previous Soft Landings papers have focused mainly on post occupancy evaluations and aftercare. No comprehensive study has been attempted with respect to Soft Landings at the design stage. In response to this gap, this paper investigates the application of Soft Landings during the design stage of a central government building in London. It provides an insight into the working processes of a Soft Landings design team and its interaction with other team members and end users. Information from interviews with the design team, minutes of meetings, walk-through in the designed spaces were used to explore how design decisions were reached. It highlights the role the Soft Landings Champion played to ensure that the environmental sustainability objectives of the project were carried from design to construction. The paper also explains the fundamentals of Soft Landings and its potential as a client-driven management tool. The paper concludes by highlighting the implications of the result to designers, contractors and clients.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17452007.2017.1324400
Uncontrolled keywords: Soft Landings; Design Management process; sustainability; non-residential buildings; energy performance gap
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > Architecture
Depositing User: Giridharan Renganathan
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 11:06 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:03 UTC
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