The Living Well in Low Carbon Homes research team have been exploring the views and experiences of people due to move to Parc Eirin, an innovative low carbon housing estate in South Wales. Speaking to people in the weeks before they move in, our interview discussions have covered current living situations and expectations for their future lives at Parc Eirin.
Covid-19 has created barriers across the user research industry, but it has also been the catalyst for new, innovative approaches and helped to bring forward much needed investment in key areas. For Our Healthy Living in Low Carbon Homes Team, this has created challenges and opportunities alike.
As the UK’s built environment evolves, could a new building code that can standardise the design and development of Active Buildings accelerate their impact on carbon reduction targets? Our Active Building Code aims to give an answer, providing guidance on shaping the next generation of buildings.
Our Healthy Living in Low Carbon Homes Team has established a Healthy Ageing expert panel who will be crucial to our research here at Swansea University. The panel will actively engage members of the public throughout the project to ensure our work improves the likelihood of project success and technological adoption. Here is some initial feedback from our first session with them.
Our socio-economic research requires developing and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholder groups; a challenge we have embraced during a time of social distancing. By pivoting our research methods, we have maintained regular communication with our stakeholders, sharing concerns, exasperations and jovialities while touching base and keeping the project moving in the right direction.