Architectural design principles and processes for sustainability

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Awarding institution
  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 2010
Thesis identifier
  • T13126
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  • The paradigm shift for sustainable buildings requires a transformation of the architectural design process. This study examines how sustainability is embedded into the design methodology and mapped onto, or has transformed, the design process. Interviews with a sample of Scottish architectural and multi-disciplinary practices were undertaken and consideration made of exemplar buildings via a case study approach. Within the context of the global environmental perspective, UK and Scottish legislation, sustainable principles and blueprints, a process model is developed to provide a framework for discussion and review. Practitioner interviews explore the common approaches and barriers to sustainable design and the challenges ahead. Not all practices have established philosophy or principles in this area and increased knowledge is likely to allow for a more integrated design process. Post-occupancy evaluation is a valuable part of the process. Moving sustainable building design into the mainstream remains a challenge and requires a new framework. Sustainable principles and processes underpin the development of typologies for sustainable building design. Ideas for further research are suggested. Keywords: sustainability, process, principles, post-occupancy evaluation, Scottish architectural and multi-disciplinary practices.
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Date Created
  • 2010
Former identifier
  • 946617