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Developing a Template for Quick Start Home User Guides

03 Oct 2012
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Where: K501 / Online
Times: 12.30 -14.00 [GMT+1 / BST] (12:00 for lunch)


This project was developed in response to earlier MEARU Post Occupancy Evaluation research and work with the Scottish Government on occupant guides highlighting the benefits to home energy efficiency through simple, bespoke instructions for operating a new house.

The industry partner, Stuart Young from The Home Log Book Company provides online logbooks (interactive home user guides) to new home developers and housing associations and identified the potential to develop a ‘quick start guide’ for home energy efficiency.

In May 2011 the Scottish Building regulations changed to include Section 7 ‘Sustainability’.  This section in the building regulations outlines optional standards for sustainability for new housing- the higher levels all include the need for straightforward user information for homes including a ‘quick start guide’ to the building fabric, mechanical systems, ventilation strategies and other sustainability features. 

This project addressed the need for a ‘quick start’ guide by the creation of a template for an occupant guide highlighting the benefits of energy efficiency through clear visual instructions for operating a new house.  The Home Log Book Company (HLB) together with MEARU developed a bespoke ‘quick start’ guide for housing including the aspects addressed in the new building standards in Scotland.  This project seeks to identifies a process of gathering this information and proposes a simple template which could be replicated by housing providers to meet the Section 7 criteria for new homes.

This ‘pilot’ guide was tested within a range of new house owners and tenants in both the public and private sectors.  Feedback on the guide was obtained from residents by both a postal survey questionnaire and by a series of face to face interviews.

It is anticipated that this ‘quick start’ guide template would form part of a new service offered by the Home Log Book company to existing and new clients within Scotland.  If there be a demonstrable benefit to residents and their energy bills, it is anticipated that this product would be marketed to clients across the UK in particular social housing clients.


Rosalie Menon, Dr Tim Sharpe, Matt Bridgestock
Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit, Mackintosh School of Architecture

Stuart Young
Home Log Book Company


There are two ways to attend this event.

All CIC Start Online members will be invited to attend the online webinar and will receive an email with the meeting link. This will provide a live video feed, presentation and chat area - with the opportunity to contribute to the discussion using the Q&A (online chat) facility.

Online attendance is free of charge to CIC Start Online members.

Please register as a member here – project membership is free.


You can also attend the seminar in person.

A buffet lunch will be provided before the event, providing opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and the seminar speakers.   Lunch and registration starts at 12:00, with the seminar commencing at 12:30.

If you wish to attend the seminar in person, please complete the registration form below.

The price is £70 per delegate (£50 for CIC Start Online members).


The seminar fee may be 50% funded by Skills Development Scotland if the business employs less than 250 people and meets Skills Development Scotland's criteria.  After booking the course, please contact or call 0300 456 8731.



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