Stakeholders’ Perception in Early Stages of a Social Housing Retrofit Living Lab

Joao Soliman-Junior, Samira Awwal, Morolake Ayo-Adejuyigbe, Patricia Tzortzopoulos, Michail Kagioglou

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Living Labs (LLs) are social and dynamic environments that allow the development of innovative solutions through intense collaboration and co-creation. LLs have been used to address complex problems across different domains. In the social housing (SH) context, retrofit initiatives usually consist of top-down approaches, with residents often playing a secondary role in such projects. The use of LLs in SH projects can improve retrofit outcomes through the development of adequate and fit for purpose solutions, co-created with all relevant stakeholders. Whereas existing research on LLs reports successful developments in several areas, research findings are often fragmented. They lack an in-depth discussion on the benefits and limitations of these initiatives, as well as how different stakeholders engage in the LL process. This paper aims to discuss stakeholders’ perceptions in the early stages of a SH retrofit LL in the UK. It reports preliminary findings of an ongoing LL located in West Yorkshire, focused on the retrofit of 8 dwellings aiming to improve their energy efficiency. For this purpose, we conducted a series of semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders involved in this LL (e.g. residents, retrofit coordinator, architects, among others). Research findings highlight the difficulties associated with the LL initiation, partially due to communication problems and lack of alignment, but also because of intrinsic behavioural, institutional and technical issues related to construction projects. Results suggest that collaboration is needed in LLs not only to co-create solutions but also to develop the LL itself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd CIB World Building Congress
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Apr 2022
Event22nd World Building Congress - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 202230 Jun 2022
Conference number: 22


Conference22nd World Building Congress
Abbreviated titleWBC2022
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