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Designed to Perform
Year published
Tom Dollard
RIBA Publishing

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. Research suggests the performance gap – the gap between design predictions and actual performance – is a widespread problem for the house-building industry.

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.

If ever there was a game-changing book to support better building design – Designed to Perform is it. The author provides a rare lucidity through a visual journey of site photographs, diagrams and clearly drawn details to highlight good and bad practice with succinct annotations. This is a must-read companion for practicing architects, students and studio tutors, as well as building regulation professionals.”
Dr Sofie Pelsmakers, author of The Environmental Design Pocketbook
This book provides much-needed practical guidance for clients, designers and construction professionals developing new homes which are fit for the 21st century. Building greater numbers of homes will be a wasteful exercise if they fall short on quality. Addressing current skills shortages must include redefining the levels of understanding and capabilities needed, prompted by this book, to deliver sustainable homes which are fit for purpose and will stand the test of time.”
Lynne Sullivan OBE, RIBA
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