… it gives me great pleasure to support the first everpublication to specifically address the area of research, and inparticular its relationship with practice, in the discipline ofarchitectural technology…not only ground breaking because itis the first book of its kind, but also because it provides at longlast one of the accepted foundations needed to underpin theemerging academic discipline, namely a recognised researchbase.CIAT, in supporting this publication, is aware of the needfor books such as this to sustain the process of research informedpractice, as an aid for both students and those practising withinthe discipline of architectural technology.Norman Wienand MCIAT, Vice President Education, CharteredInstitute of Architectural Technologists
Architectural technology is the realisation of architecturethrough the application of building science, forming theconstructive link between the abstract and the physical.Architectural Technology: research and practice demonstratesthe importance of research in architectural technology and aims tostimulate further research and debate by enlightening, informingand challenging readers.
Chapter authors address the interplay between research andpractice in the field of architectural technology, examining theinfluence of political, economic, social, environmental andtechnological issues. The focus throughout is on creatingsustainable buildings that are constructed economically andfunction effectively and efficiently within their service lifecycle.
The book’s mix of chapters and case studies bring togethera number of different themes and provides invaluable insights intothe world of research from the perspective of those working withinthe architectural technology field - practitioners, academics andstudents. The underlying message is that architectural technologyis not just a profession; it is a way of thinking and a way ofacting. This is highlighted by contributions from architects andarchitectural technologists passionate about architecturaltechnology as a field of knowledge. Contributions range from thetheoretical and polemic to the pragmatic and applied, furtherhelping to demonstrate the richness of the field.
About the Editor Stephen Emmitt is Professor ofArchitectural Technology at Loughborough University UK and VisitingProfessor of Innovation Sciences at Halmstad University, Sweden anda member of CIAT’s Research Group.
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About the Author
Stephen Emmitt is Professor of Architectural Technology at Loughborough University, UK and Visiting Professor of Innovation Sciences of Holmstad University, Sweden and member of CIAT's Research Group.
Table of Contents
About the Contributors vii
1 Theory and Architectural Technology 1Norman Wienand
Case Study A Designing to Anticipate Future Climate Change: The Case of an Urban House 19Julian Marsh
2 The Morphological Construct 47William Thompson
Case Study B A Sustainable Window: A Process of Development 63John C.M. Olie
3 Sustainable Design Analysis and BIM Integration 89Boris Ceranic
Case Study C Applying Research in Practice: Developing a Specialist Service in the Analysis of Thermal Bridging 121Matthew Peat
4 Testing the Thermal Performance of New Dwellings during Construction 141John Littlewood
Case Study D Assessing Retrofitted External Wall Insulation 177Jo Hopper
5 Exploring Links between Education, Research and Practice in Architectural Technology 193Gareth Alexander and Colin Orr
Case Study E BIM Collaboration in Student Architectural Technologist Learning 213Malachy Mathews
6 Research Processes and Practicalities 231Stephen Emmitt