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Towards an Integrated Methodology to Design Sustainable Living Practices

  • Natalia Romero
  • Abdullah Al Mahmud
  • Satish Beella
  • David V. Keyson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8309)

Abstract

Sustainable Living Labs (SLL) provide an experimental and interactive infrastructure to enable open innovation processes in the context of real (realistic) home settings. In SLL, home occupants play a role in communicating and discussing their values and lifestyles; they can experience innovations and reflect on the impact of their practices in daily life by means of situated experiments. The Concept House (CH), a SLL built in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, offers such facilities. In this paper, we discuss the development of the Experience Intervention Method (EIM) to obtain a holistic understanding of living practices. We demonstrate the method with a case study on home energy management developed in CH to clarify the role of qualitative and quantitative in-situ methods to get insights, co-design and validate sustainable innovations.

Keywords

Sustainable Living Labs (SLL) in-situ methods design methods 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia Romero
    • 1
  • Abdullah Al Mahmud
    • 1
  • Satish Beella
    • 1
  • David V. Keyson
    • 1
  1. 1.ID-StudioLab, Faculty of Industrial Design EngineeringDelftThe Netherlands

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