BRE Designing for Wellbeing

BiTKIT [Building Interactions ToolKit] introduced by Dr Mcintyre at the BRE Designing for Wellbeing workshop at Ecobuild 2014

Dr Mcintyre was awarded best non-domestic paper by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for her paper entitled 'A Case Study of BIT-Kit: A Method Uncovering the Impact buildings have on People' which she presented on 4th March 2014 at 'EcoBuild 2014', ExCeL, London.

‘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. Dr Lesley McIntyre 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. 


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.

This paper introduces the motivations behind BIT-Kit and evaluates evidence uncovered through a case study, which investigates the task of way-finding in a public building by persons with visual impairment. Findings illustrate novel evidence of human interaction with architectural elements (such as stairs, doors, car-parks and corridors) that enable and disable building users. These findings define evidence in assessing the impact of buildings on people. 


Event Details
  • A Talk
Location Details

1 Western Gateway
United Kingdom
E16 1XL

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