There is an incrased interest within the construction sector on the importance of user behaviour in reducing energy consumption in residences. Methods to engage building users are used in refurbishment projects as well as new construction projects. This study aims at investigating engagement of building users in design and planning processes related to projects where low energy consumption is on the agenda. Based on a socio-technical approach to design and construction processes, I follow translations and negotiations between stakeholders regarding user behaviour. I focus on how changing sociomaterial settings are (re)shaping expectations of user behavior in design activities and user participation activities; and how building users and designers recurrently interpret materials as accentuating certain behaviours in the buildings. The study contributes to discussions on how to integrate building user behaviour in design of construction projects.
Effektiv start/slut dato16/02/201516/02/2018


  • User involvement or participation
  • Design processes
  • Socio-material settings
  • Actor-Network Theory
  • User behaviour
  • Professional practices