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Ahuja, R, Jain, M, Sawhney, A and Arif, M (2016) Adoption of BIM by architectural firms in India: technology–organization–environment perspective. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 311–30.

Blanco, J (2016) Beyond the checklist: an approach to understand practitioner experience during sustainable design process. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 266–78.

Edirisinghe, R, Stranieri, A and Blismas, N (2016) Information visualisation for the wicked problem of safe construction design. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 296–310.

Emmitt, S (2016) Editorial. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 251–2.

Heylighen, A, Schijlen, J, Van der Linden, V, Meulenijzer, D and Vermeersch, P (2016) Socially innovating architectural design practice by mobilising disability experience. An exploratory study. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 253–65.

Zapata-Lancaster, G and Tweed, C (2016) Tools for low-energy building design: an exploratory study of the design process in action. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 279–95.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Design methods; environmental design; building performance simulation; low-energy design; design process;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1745-2007
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2016.1178627
  • Abstract:
    Building designers face increased pressure to design low-energy buildings. Consequently, there is a growing interest in providing computational support for low-energy design via building performance simulation. This article presents an ethnographic study that investigated the design process of five low-energy buildings in England and Wales. The study was informed by design science literature and phenomenology of technology. The investigation analysed the methods deployed by designers to embed low-energy performance during design problem-solving. The findings illustrate how experience-based methods and simulation tools were used to inform low-energy building design. The work identified some of the challenges faced by designers to incorporate simulation methodologies during a routine design process. It illustrates the status of simulation tools as boundary objects that mediate the communication and negotiation between design team members. The work advocates considering the design problem-solving patterns and preferences in the development and improvement of support methods for low-energy design.