BiTKIT introduced  at the BRE Designing for Wellbeing workshop at Ecobuild 2014 wins Best Paper Award.

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I am pleased to announce that on 5th March 2014 I was awarded best non-domestic paper by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for my paper entitled ‘A Case Study of BIT-Kit: A Method Uncovering the Impact buildings have on People’ which she presented on 4th March 2014 at ‘EcoBuild 2014’, ExCeL, London. A panel of independent experts reviewed the impressive range of entries submitted by construction experts and research professionals from across the built environment and selected the best papers for domestic and non-domestic buildings.

‘Ecobuild’, divided across 2 arenas with over 15000 Exhibitions, 1200 Speakers and 100’s of Seminars, is one of the largest events for sustainable design and construction in the World. Ecobuild is a major occasion when built environment professionals, suppliers, policy makers and researchers, worldwide, gather to promote products, exchange ideas and gather new knowledge to keep up-to-date in advancing the design of the built environment.

As part of Ecobuild 2014, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and UBM Built Environment partnered and launched a research programme focussed on investigating a growing theme in building science – ‘the impact of the built environment on wellbeing’. This included a competition to find the best recent research into wellbeing. I submitted a paper entitled: ‘A Case Study of BIT-Kit: A Method Uncovering the Impact Buildings have on People’, which was awarded best non-domestic paper.

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Pictured above are Tim Dixon (domestic prizewinner) (left); Deborah Pullen (BRE) (centre); Lesley McIntyre (non-domestic prizewinner) (right).

My Abstract

In current architectural discourse there is a lack of method in building evidence to understand the link between buildings and the wellbeing, independence and mobility of the people who use them. In response to this knowledge gap, the Building Interactions Toolkit (BIT-Kit) supports the gathering of real-world interaction evidence within buildings. Applying a mixed-methods approach, BIT- Kit evidence is generated through the combination of purposeful conversation, observation and building interaction data.

‘I found your talk very interesting, I think the issue of actually designing for people is something that really starting to creep up the agenda now, and work like yours helps massively in facilitating that of course.’

Ian Barnett MSc, (BRE  Consultant)

Additional Links:

Research paper competition winners demonstrate link between built environment and wellbeing

BRE/UBM Built Environment Top Prize for Design and Wellbeing Paper at Ecobuild 2014

EcoBuild 2014 Main Website

EcoBuild A Video Overview 

EcoBuild, Designing for Wellbeing Session 

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