Housing Fit for Purpose sets out a research-focused approach to looking at the challenges facing the built environment in approaching the design, construction and management of housing. This book uses original research by the author on housing performance evaluation and distils it for built environment professionals, arguing that learning from feedback should be taking place at every stage of the housing project lifecycle, improving outcomes for end users. Drawing on active research, this book shows why and how the design, construction and management of housing can be linked to feedback and actual evidence of how people choose, and learn, to use their homes. It examines the key concepts which underlie participatory design, occupancy feedback and learning, and includes a practical primer on how to undertake housing occupancy feedback.

section Section 1|24 pages


section Section 2|49 pages

Learning from Feedback

chapter Three|12 pages

Developing Physical Theory for Feedback

chapter Four|11 pages

Developing Socio-Cultural Theory for Feedback

chapter Five|12 pages

Modelling and Reality

chapter Six|11 pages

Longitudinal Feedback and Design Iteration

section Section 3|36 pages

Training for Feedback

chapter Seven|14 pages

Feedback Techniques

chapter Eight|10 pages

Innovation in Occupancy Feedback

chapter Nine|10 pages

Educating for Feedback and Learning

section Section 4|41 pages

Application and Case Studies

chapter Ten|12 pages

The International Context

chapter Eleven|13 pages

The UK Context

chapter Twelve|13 pages

The Costs and Benefits of Feedback

section Section 5|54 pages

Challenges for Future

chapter Thirteen|10 pages

The Ethics of Feedback

chapter Fourteen|10 pages

Effective Feedback Loops

chapter Fifteen|12 pages

Next Steps

chapter |20 pages

Primer: How to do Housing BPE