Investigating the performance of everyday domestic practices using building monitoring

Foulds, Chris, Powell, Jane and Seyfang, Gill (2013) Investigating the performance of everyday domestic practices using building monitoring. Building Research & Information, 41 (6). pp. 622-636. ISSN 0961-3218

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Abstract

The monitoring of buildings can enhance the understanding of everyday life, yet it has sparsely been used in social practices research. Monitoring usually provides context (e.g. differences in performing practices) for more prominent qualitative enquiry. The potential of building monitoring is investigated for studying the performance of domestic practices. A Passivhaus development is examined for its applicability. Monitoring data include temperature, humidity, CO2 and electricity sub-metering. These data provide a good basis for investigating how technologies relate to the other elements (influences) of practice in shaping everyday life. The benefits and limitations of integrating monitoring with qualitative data are considered (e.g. residents’ enthusiasm for co-investigating monitoring data; monitoring data having insufficient richness without accompanying qualitative data). Monitoring and qualitative data are shown to be complementary, and capable of producing insights beyond those of non-integrated approaches. Building monitoring can be further utilized in researching practices, particularly when considering the everyday implications of technological changes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: built environment,consumption practices,housing,low-carbon housing,monitoring,occupant behaviour,occupant surveys,passivhaus,social practice theory
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2013 21:54
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:04
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43971
DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2013.823537

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