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Principles and processes related to sustainable building design

Grierson, David and Moultrie, Carolyn Mary (2011) Principles and processes related to sustainable building design. In: Resilience of Buildings, Neighbourhoods and Cities, 2011-06-14 - 2011-06-17.

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Abstract

The presentation aims to provide an insight into the many facets of the sustainable design process and comprises a series of one-to-one interviews with practitioners from Hypostyle Architects, PagePark Architects, Assist Architects, Gaia Architects, Archial, Arup and Haa Design (in order of appearance) All will describe their practice sustainable design philosophy/ethos and underlying principles. The practice case study buildings are used to show how sustainability is embedded into design methodology and mapped onto, or has transformed, the design process. The projects are from a variety of sectors including social housing, private developer housing, commercial office and education and both new build and retrofit. One of the case study buildings – the retrofit and extension of Arup’s office Scotstoun House, in Dalmeny South Queensferry, is shown in more depth with interviews from the designers Haa Design and Arup. In operation once more for Arup, since July 2010, end users give their view on the new working environment. The practices reveal common approaches and divergences in their principles and processes for sustainable building design. The presentation follows on from ongoing research and in particular a study undertaken as dissertation work within the Masters of Research programme in Building Design and Management at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde during 2010. The objectives of the study were to investigate the design principles and processes for sustainability and to explore them in action within current practice. This was achieved by engaging with the architectural and multi-disciplinary practices of the presentation. A context was established by reviewing literature focusing on the global environmental perspective, UK and Scottish legislation, sustainable principles, blueprints, sustainable processes and evaluation. The outcomes were a process model developed to provide a framework for discussion and case study review and the beginnings of a methodology for refining practice ethos and developing a set of guiding principles. The study supports the proposal that a new framework can help inform a move towards a typology of sustainable building design that in turn can help practitioners develop and refine their approaches to sustainability. Ideas for future research are suggested.