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Integra House

Deveci, Gokay



Average housing in the UK is less affordable for rural dwellers in comparison with urban living. Fuel poverty is a related challenge, being higher in rural than urban areas. In addition to lower incomes, energy inefficiency of rural dwellings is a driver for fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is recognized in the UK as a form of social inequality and injustice. This study features application-based research that creates a single integrated construction system of the walls, roof and floor of the "Integra House" - a singular operation to create a faster, more cost-effective and thermally efficient envelope. This work is carried out through design optimization, prototyping and performance evaluation. The design used well-understood truss technology to provide the superstructure and envelope for the entire house. The prototyping included two key elements - novelty and performance testing of: a) Elemental prototypes in workshops at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), Glasgow, and; b) The complete prototype on-site in rural Fraserburgh, Scotland. The design proved that it is capable of reducing fuel poverty, addressing indoor air quality and making considerable reductions in capital and lifecycle costs. Most importantly, it is a fully repeatable model. The initial post-occupancy evaluation confirms that all except one of the outcomes have been met. The project was funded by the CSIC.


DEVECI, G. 2019. Integra House. [Design]

Other Type Design
Publication Date Nov 30, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 10, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 10, 2021
Keywords Rural domestic architecture; Rural housing; Rural domestic construction; Computer-aided design (CAD); Computer-aided architectural design (CAAD); Sustainability; Low-energy; Low-carbon; Green homes
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