Low Impact Housing

Low impact housing


TSB: This competition will enable companies constructing demonstrator buildings to apply for funding to monitor building performance, enabling comparison with predicted performance.  The Technology Strategy Board is set to invest £10 million in the competition. 


HCDI discussion on the 22nd June


Tools for low impact housing:

Observation of how people use houses

Interview a range of people

Inviting designers to observe how people behave in houses (cognitive analysis)


Modeling people’s behavior

Build virtual tools to predict people’s behavior

Take a systems view, conduct life-cycle analysis


Track records:

Virtual tools promoting sustainable energy use to a global audience

Post-occupancy evaluation of residential houses, whole life cycle analysis

Thermal imaging project  


Note: building – not necessarily residential building  


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