Translating design details to construction details – with both eyes open

Seyed Masoud Sajjadian

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    Sustainable designs will come to nothing if they are lost in construction process. Therefore, the accuracy of design details and the transformation to the construction details is vital to achieve initial design thinking targets. This is driven most importantly by the fact that the UK Government strategy for all new
    homes is on the basis of “fabric first” approach to design. This illustrates that priority is on improving energy efficiency through building envelope by increasing insulation thickness; reducing thermal bridging risks as well
    as making buildings more airtight. This study uses a residential building in Wales, UK as a case study to demonstrate how UK government approach is applied both in design stage and construction stage to meet
    essential building standards. The methodology includes dynamic thermal simulations, 2D thermal bridge analysis of the construction details and diagnostic test using air permeability test. Results demonstrate that
    fabric-first approach applied by contractors in housing development is not only able to rectify design errors but also is able to achieve even higher standard levels in some cases.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
    EventInternational Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 20 Dec 201721 Dec 2017
    Conference number: SDBE2017


    ConferenceInternational Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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