RESEARCH

  • Linking design quality and education

    Roiner Leiringer( University of Gottenberg), Paula Cardellino( University of Uruguay) and Derek Clements -Croome ( University of Reading) The significance of design quality is clearly articulated in the official documentation and advice on how to achieve it is provided in abundance. However, the reports fall somewhat short in describing how design quality can be fostered to achieve educational transformation. Whilst several reports set out the attributes of a well-designed school scant attention is commonly given to the commercial context. The majority of the reports target the architectural aspects of the building design and prescribe an architectural approach towards the assessment of design quality. To a degree this could be argued to be due to the... complete info
  • research: Actual vs Designed Performance of Schools

    Actual vs Designed Performance of Schools

    This paper forms part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between University College London and consulting engineers Max Fordham LLP, which is investigating which factors have the greatest influence on energy performance in schools and how the actual building in use differs from design assumptions. The approach includes the use of sensitivity analysis and the collection of data from a number of schools. The aim of this work is to investigate various factors which may differ from design expectation, to find out why they vary and by how much, and to explore how this variation from predicted values is likely to affect the energy use estimates. This will help the design team provide a range... complete info
  • research: Winter Indoor Air Quality, Thermal Comfort and Acoustic Performance of Newly Built Schools in England

    Winter Indoor Air Quality, Thermal Comfort and Acoustic Performance of Newly Built Schools in England

    Previous studies have found that classrooms are often inadequately ventilated, with the resultant increased risk of negative impacts on the pupils. This paper describes a series of field measurements investigating  the indoor air quality, thermal comfort and acoustic performance of nine recently built secondary schools in England and  makes a number of conclusions regarding school design. Chief of these  is that the complex interaction between ventilation, thermal comfort and acoustics presents considerable challenges for designers. The study showed that while the acoustic standards are demanding it was possible to achieve natural ventilation designs that meet the criteria for indoor ambient noise levels when external noise levels are reasonably low. The most telling conclusion of the research is the... complete info
  • Lighting for the Classroom of the Future: Acceptability of Glare

    This project will investigate glare on display screens, a critical factor for lighting in the classroom of the future. This will be done using subjective ratings of the acceptability of glare on display screens, from which to identify the limiting criteria for lighting design, and thus testing the prediction that the limiting criteria given in current British Standards are no longer valid. The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has recently launched two initiatives which aim to deliver inspiring and sustainable educational facilities. The Classrooms of the Future programme was initiated in 2003 to experiment with new ideas for designing educational environments for the 21st Century. The Building Schools for the Future programme was launched in 2004 to renew every secondary... complete info
  • research: Application of post-occupancy evaluation in a design consultancy

    Application of post-occupancy evaluation in a design consultancy

     As an engineering doctorate (EngD) student at the Brunel University, Ian Pegg investigated the application of post-occupancy evaluation in a design consultancy. This EngD supervised by Professor Maria Kolokotroni  involved looking at intrinsic barriers in the industry (who pays for feedback, and how to manage the resulting knowledge), the drivers (professional interest and staff development, competitive advantage), but most of all looking at some completed buildings and finding out what could be improved. Academies are interesting because they have more or less the same requirements, and operate with similar constraints and a similar budget. This makes it much easier to compare the findings and determine what causes differences in results. This study looks at five city... complete info

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