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Coleman, S and Robinson, J B (2018) Introducing the qualitative performance gap: stories about a sustainable building. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 485–500.

Cooper, I (2018) The socialization of building science: the emblematic journey of R. J. Cole. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 463–8.

Jones, P (2018) A ‘smart’ bottom-up whole-systems approach to a zero-carbon built environment. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 566–77.

Kawakubo, S, Murakami, S, Ikaga, T and Asami, Y (2018) Sustainability assessment of cities: SDGs and GHG emissions. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 528–39.

Kohler, N (2018) From the design of green buildings to resilience management of building stocks. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 578–93.

Lützkendorf, T (2018) Assessing the environmental performance of buildings: trends, lessons and tensions. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 594–614.

Lau, K K, Ng, E, Ren, C, Ho, J C, Wan, L, Shi, Y, Zheng, Y, Gong, F, Cheng, V, Yuan, C, Tan, Z and Wong, K S (2018) Defining the environmental performance of neighbourhoods in high-density cities. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 540–51.

Lowe, R, Chiu, L F and Oreszczyn, T (2018) Socio-technical case study method in building performance evaluation. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 469–84.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: building performance; case study; post-occupancy evaluation (POE); research methods; retrofit; socio-technical;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1361275
  • Abstract:
    Raymond J. Cole’s body of work, spanning sustainable design, system complexity and human agency, has encouraged researchers to reconceptualize the notions of comfort and building performance. However, methods for predicting energy use and assessing environmental performance have remained predominantly within a reductionist approach common to physics and engineering. The recognition that building performance is characterized by interactive adaptivity and co-evolution of the physical with the social has not been matched by the generation of new methods. Although social practice theories that articulate the socio-technical nature of the built environment have been increasingly appropriated to understand occupants’ role in performance, the challenge of studying buildings as complex socio-technical systems remains. This methodological paper discusses the application of the case study method (CSM) to the study of 10 retrofit projects selected from the Retrofit for the Future (RfF) Programme in UK between 2011 and 2012. Guided by Greene’s framework for methodological discourse, the epistemic regime is articulated under four headings: philosophical assumptions, investigative logics, guidelines for practice and contribution to system perspective. The discussion of these domains highlights the fecundity of CSM in providing a more nuanced understanding of the interaction between social and technical systems in performance.

Oliver, A and Pearl, D S (2018) Rethinking sustainability frameworks in neighbourhood projects: a process-based approach. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 513–27.

Stevenson, F and Baborska-Narozny, M (2018) Housing performance evaluation: challenges for international knowledge exchange. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 501–12.

Tweed, C and Zapata-Lancaster, G (2018) Interdisciplinary perspectives on building thermal performance. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 552–65.