isurv authors - Behar, Carrie

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Carrie Behar
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Senior Sustainability Consultant, Useful Projects
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Carrie Behar PhD MSc MArch has a multidisciplinary background with over 10 years’ experience in architecture, environmental design and building performance research. Initially trained in architecture, she recently completed her PhD research, which investigated occupant understanding, acceptance and interaction with ventilation systems in low energy dwellings which use mechanical and passive ventilation strategies.

Carrie is passionate about creating communities that are sustainable in practice as well as in design. To this end, she has worked on several post-occupancy evaluation (POE) projects, which explored the reality of how buildings are inhabited and operated post completion. These include a study of environmental conditions at ECD Architects’ London offices and a POE of Marks and Spencer’s flagship sustainability store at Cheshire Oaks.

Carrie is currently working as a sustainability consultant at Useful Projects and is also a visiting lecturer and design tutor at the Bartlett, UCL, where she developed and now leads the POE module on the Environmental Design and Engineering MSc programme.

Company biography

Useful Projects is a sustainability consultancy for the built environment, which works on major urban development projects, and with organisations, to develop sustainability strategies and to identify opportunities for innovation. The company help their clients find added value in delivering sustainable development, by providing expert independent insight in an engaging manner.

Useful Projects operate at a range of scales from cities to buildings, and across the project lifecycle, from strategic planning through to use and future reuse. They provide a range of strategic and technical consultancy services and provide practical advice which is tailored to client needs. The approach is holistic across a set of environmental, social and economic themes.