Designed to Perform is an illustrated guide to designing and constructing better homes. Better homes have low energy use, thermal comfort, excellent indoor air quality and deliver their desired outcomes.
Using annotated details, drawings and photos taken from live construction sites, this book identifies common problems and provides valuable best practice guidelines. It will enable practitioners and students alike to deliver high quality energy efficient design and allow homes to do what they should be doing: providing a low energy, healthy environment in which to live.
The performance gap between predicted and actual energy use in new homes has been identified as a key problem by government and industry experts.
This updated edition is an illustrated practical design guide to delivering better energy performance in all types of new build homes. It introduces readers to the concept of the performance gap and highlights clear issues and solutions to help architects improve their detailing at design stage.
- Features annotated details with photos taken from live construction sites
- Includes accessible practical guidance for busy practitioners
- Highlights how to boost the construction quality and performance of new homes
- Promotes the case for more architect supervision throughout the construction process.
A new chapter features innovative, low-carbon building methods, including hempcrete blocks, clay blocks and straw bales. All information has been updated to reflect the latest data with fresh details and technologies.