BiTKIT introduced at the BRE Designing for Wellbeing workshop at Ecobuild 2014 wins Best Paper Award.
‘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.
Pictured above are Tim Dixon (domestic prizewinner) (left); Deborah Pullen (BRE) (centre); Lesley McIntyre (non-domestic prizewinner) (right).
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)