A common finding in our post-occupancy evaluation (POE) work is that building features and systems are not well understood by occupants. This can lead to all sorts of unintended consequences for building users and managers, ranging from discomfort and a poor sense of wellbeing to higher than anticipated running costs.
Over the last year we have supported igloo and Blueprint in developing tailored home user guides for their new developments. This aligns with their aspirations to integrate the handover and operational phases of the buildings they develop much earlier into the design process, and there is recognition of the role of handover material in trying to ensure that buildings operate and are used as intended (closing the ‘performance gap’).
To date, we've completed home user guides for:
Green Street 2 and Hobart & Pitcairn (Blueprint) - second and third phases of the successful Green Street housing scheme in the Meadows, Nottingham, with properties designed to the AECB Silver Standard incorporating gas fired central heating and Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery (MVHR).
The Malings, Ouseburn (Carillion-igloo) - a housing led scheme on the banks of the River Ouse designed with a fabric first approach, MVHR and micro-allotments.
400 Caledonian Road, Islington (igloo) - a mixed use scheme of new-build apartments, two houses for social rent, two converted apartments and 3 commercial studio spaces. Incorporating a fabric first approach, communal heat and power (CHP) and MVHR.
Trent Basin Phase 1, Nottingham (Blueprint) - a residential scheme consisting of houses and apartments, and forming the first phase of the wider Trent Basin masterplan. A fabric first approach with gas fired central heating and Mechanical Extract Ventilation.
If you're interested in our home user guides, please contact Helen Grimshaw | firstname.lastname@example.org