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Soft Landings Driven Design Management process: Achieving sustainability in a school building in the UK

Victoria, Gana and Renganathan, Giridharan (2017) Soft Landings Driven Design Management process: Achieving sustainability in a school building in the UK. In: Design to Thrive: Proceedings PLEA 2017 Conference. Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings, pp. 441-448. ISBN 978-0-9928957-5-4. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:62133)

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One of the challenges facing the industry is closing the energy performance gap in non-residential buildings. Despite various recommendations and introduction of new technology, the problem remains widespread. Debate on how designers and architects can contribute to finding solutions to this problem continues. Soft Landings has been on the forefront of encouraging the delivery of buildings where estimated energy targets align with actual targets. This paper investigates the working processes of a Soft Landings design team; using Interviews, walk-throughs and contract documentation of the project. The paper explores the design management side in a Soft Landings process. How end users and sub-contractors were involved during the design stage of the project and how decisions taken affected the outcome of the project. The study discovers that learning from past projects plays an important role for new projects in achieving their goals with respect to energy efficiency and sustainability. Participation of the end users need to be coordinated to maximise their advantage without sacrificing time and cost. Additionally, practical implications are presented for architects about the involvement of end users in a Soft Landings project.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: soft landings; design management; energy performance gap; sustainability; non-residential buildings
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Giridharan Renganathan
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 12:55 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:46 UTC
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