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AJ housing survey: post-occupancy not on architects' radar


Most home builders and Registered Providers do undertake feedback research but on the whole not about design and anyway they don't involve their architects in the process - an indication of the degree to which design is misunderstood and the role of architects has receded. We are fighting back at HTA with our Home Performance Labelling proposal undertaken with collaborators such as PRP, LBA, PTE and Alison Brooks at the Housing Forum. Readers can see the fruit of our labours on line at www.homeperformancelabelling.co.uk. The obvious corollary of this approach, recommended in our report, is that if architects predict the performance of the homes they design we can quite simply ask the residents whether we have achieved the predicted outcomes - and we will! Our proposal is gaining traction. The deputy Mayor for Housing at the GLA, Richard Blakeway, has said publicly that he will pilot the idea on a London scheme. We presented the report to Brandon Lewis this week and he took immediately to the concept of informed consumer choice, instructing civil servants to look into a national pilot. Ben Derbyshire Managing Partner, HTA Design LLP Chair, the Housing Forum.

Posted date

13 February, 2015

Posted time

3:31 pm